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    Copy "A" of the Special Full Vellum Edition, Signed by the Artist

    [Cheloniidae Press]. Alan James Robinson. A Fowl Alphabet, Twenty-six Wood Engravings by Alan James Robinson. [Easthampton, Massachusetts]: Cheloniidae Press, 1986.

    The full vellum edition, limited to 26 copies lettered A-Z, of which this is copy "A," signed by Alan James Robinson. Bound by Gray Parrot and designed by Robinson, Arthur Larson, and Suzanne Moore. The initial letter and the Latin and common names of the birds hand-lettered by Suzanne Moore. An extra suite of the twenty-six wood engravings (all signed by Robinson), a hand-colored drawing (signed by Robinson), and a full set of Suzanne Moore's alphabet blind-stamped at the top of twenty-six separate sheets are laid in a quarter vellum chemise and housed in a quarter vellum tray case. Printed by master printer Harold Patrick McGrath. Type set by Mackenzie-Harris with some handset by Arthur Larson; printed on Rives lightweight. Octavo. Unpaginated.

    Bound in full bleached vellum by Gray Parrot (with his ticket to rear pastedown). Gilt lettering to spine. The full vellum volume and the vellum-backed chemise containing the extra suite of engravings, etc., are housed in a gilt-stamped quarter vellum and cloth clamshell box. Fine.

    A collection of bird portraits, with text culled from the Reverend J. G. Wood's Animate Creation (1885) explaining that the classification of birds depends largely upon the shapes of their beaks or bills. Cheloniidae's twelfth bound book.

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