The First Book from Cheloniidae Press, One of Only Twenty-Five Deluxe Editions[Cheloniidae Press]. Edgar Allan Poe. The Raven. [Easthampton, Massachusetts: Cheloniidae Press, 1980].
Deluxe edition limited to 25 copies, of which this is number IX/XXV, signed by Alan James Robinson and containing an extra suite of prints, all signed by Robinson. The suite of prints is contained in a black chemise with "IX/XXV" stamped in gilt on the front cover beneath a blind-stamped sea turtle. Designed and illustrated by Alan James 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 are the two wood engravings used for the title page and the colophon, both numbered 109/200 and signed by Robinson.
Black marbled rag paper-cover boards, with gilt title to spine. Housed in a quarter gilt-stamped brown morocco and black cloth-covered clamshell box, a trifle dusty, and with a short split to leather at head of an unevenly faded backstrip. Book is in fine condition.
The first fine art binding produced by the Cheloniidae Press, beautifully realized.
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