Vivian Ridler's Copy
Schmoller, Hans ~ In Fair Verona : English Travellers in Italy and their accounts of the city from the Middle Ages to Modern ages : Vivian Ridler’s Copy
Rampant Lions Press, Cambridge : 1972
Privately printed for Hans Schmoller by the Rampant Lions Press, Cambridge in 1972. The BOOK is in near Fine condition. One of only 100 copies printed on handmade paper, with the the wood engraved vignette and 2 smaller engravings on the title page, all printed in brown by Reynolds Stone. Folio. Original vertical striped brown and cream wrappers over stiff card. Slightly faded black strip with gilt lettering on brown ground, untrimmed. A newspaper obituary clipping for Dr Giovanni Mardesteig pasted to the second front blank flyleaf. The book was printed for Giovanni Mardesteig's 80th birthday. The idea and the subject was initiated by Hans Schmoller and Nicolas Barker chose the extracts and wrote the linking texts. This is Vivian Ridler's copy with his bookplate to the front flyleaf. His name is among the 38 listed subscribers on page 3. Loosely inserted are a printed response in thanks for the book, signed by Mardesteig together with four type letters, referring to the book and cost involved in the production, two from Schmoller to Ridler and two from Ridler in response. An obituary clipping for Vivian Ridler is also present as is an invoice from Blackwells Bookshop for this book dated 11/9/09 with a retail price of £300. A very handsome production. Giovanna Mardesteig was the founder of the private press 'Officina Bodoni’ and the typeface ‘Dante'. Collectible.
CONDITION: Near Fine
JACKET: Near Fine