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    One of Only Five Artist's Proofs, With Two Original Pencil Drawings

    [Cheloniidae Press]. Edgar Allan Poe. The Raven. [Easthampton, Massachusetts: Cheloniidae Press, 1980].

    Artist's proof copy, limited to 5 copies, per a typed statement on Cheloniidae letterhead, signed by designer and illustrator Alan James Robinson: "one of five artist's proofs which contain an extra suites of prints. This edition is the first book of the press. It differs from the twenty-five that were part of the numbered edition by a red leather spine on the accompanying box. This particular copy also contains two additional drawings." The book is numbered 5/100 and is signed by Robinson. With five original etchings, printed by the artist at Cheloniidae Press. Text from the original Lorimer Graham version with the author's own corrections. Two wood engravings on Kitakata and text printed by Harold McGrath at The Hampshire Typothetae. Hand-set Centaur type, originally designed by Bruce Rogers in 1914. Hand-bound by David Bourbeau at Thistle Bindery, with a special marbled cover design by Stephen Auger. Printed on Arches Cover. Folio. Unpaginated. Laid in is an original pencil portrait of Poe and an original pencil drawing of the raven's head, both signed by Robinson. Also laid in an additional suite of prints, numbered 17/50, signed by Robinson. Additionally, Robinson's statement of this copy being an artist's proof, a special promotional sheet for the book printed letterpress and signed "Alan," and a wholesale price list are all laid in.

    Black marbled rag paper-cover boards, with gilt title to spine. Original drawings and extra suite of prints in a black cloth chemise. Housed in a quarter gilt-stamped red morocco and black cloth-covered clamshell box, a trifle dusty. Fine.

    The first fine art binding produced by the Cheloniidae Press, meticulously designed.


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