Copy Number One of the Deluxe Edition

    [Cheloniidae Press]. [Alan James Robinson, editor]. H. P. M. Harold Patrick McGrath: 50. [Easthampton, Massachusetts: Cheloniidae Press, 1991].

    One of 10 deluxe copies, of which this is number 1, signed by Harold Patrick McGrath and Alan James Robinson. Also included is an extra suite of all the illustrations. Printed at Wild Carrot Letterpress by Daniel Keleher. Type set at M & H Type of San Francisco. Paper is Cheloniidae Rag and an obsolete Italian laid paper. Calligraphy by Suzanne Moore and Elizabeth Curtis. Bound by various binders. Small quarto. Unpaginated. Illustrated with thirty-five wood engravings, etchings, and linecuts contributed by Leonard Baskin, Barry Moser, Fritz Eichenberg, Alan James Robinson, Lance Hidy, and others; also included are pressmarks from several small letterpress shops, and two pages featuring hand calligraphy. Laid in is an invitation to a surprise party for McGrath in June, 1991, at which the book was to be unveiled to him.

    Bound in full reddish-orange morocco with gilt lettering and black rules. Extra suite of illustrations is enclosed in a full cloth chemise. Book and chemise housed in a full cloth clamshell box with gilt-stamped red morocco label to spine. Fine.

    Printed as a commemoration of the fiftieth anniversary of the acclaimed printing career of "Master Printer" Harold P. McGrath, with letters and artwork contributed by friends, family, and artists who were involved with or influenced by McGrath, a fine American printer who was one of only eight Honorary Members of the Society of Printers. McGrath is best-known for his letterpress printing of engravings for Leonard Baskin at the Gehenna Press, Barry Moser at the Pennyroyal Press, and Alan James Robinson at the Cheloniidae Press. A lovely book, and a warm and fitting tribute to a fine and talented man.

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