A One-of-a-Kind Artist's Proof, In a Magnificent Sculpted Leather Binding[Cheloniidae Press]. D. H. Lawrence. Tortoises, Six Poems by D. H. Lawrence. [Williamsburg, Massachusetts]: Cheloniidae Press, 1983.
One of six unnumbered artist's proof copies, signed by Alan James Robinson and Daniel E. Kelm, in a special leather binding by Kelm; this particular copy is the only copy that contains an additional full set of prints and original drawings. Designed by Alan James Robinson and Arthur Larson. Text set by Winifred Bixler. Typesetting by Michael Bixler and Arthur Larson. Printed at the Hampshire Typothetae by H. Patrick McGrath. Hand-bound at the Gray Parrot bindery. Printed on Fabriano Perusia. Quarto. Unpaginated. Illustrated with wood engravings by Alan James Robinson. Introduction by Jefferson Hunter. With an etching portrait of the D. H. Lawrence as a frontispiece.
A spectacular art binding by Daniel E. Kelm of the Wide Awake Garage, in which three colors of leather (orange, dark green, and light green) are sculpted to mimic a tortoise shell. The designs of the three-dimensional boards are repeated on the intricate onlaid paper pastedowns. With a suite of prints and original drawings in a cloth chemise which slides into a cleverly hidden slot in the custom box, also designed by Daniel E. Kelm. Fine.
Six poems by D. H. Lawrence which originally appeared in the 1930 edition of Birds, Beasts & Flowers, newly illustrated with eight wood engravings depicting the life cycle and family relationships of the tortoise. An absolutely spectacular art binding of sculpted full leather, and the only copy of this title to include the additional suite of prints and original drawings.
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