THE POEMS & SONNETS OF WILLIAM SHAKESPEARE

Limited edition, one of 100 hand-numbered specially bound copies from an edition limited to 470, this being number 97. Signed and inscribed by the editor to Joyce Thirlaway Bridson. Original dark burgundy morocco signed by E.W. Hiscox, the upper cover with gilt tooled cockerel design after John Buckland Wright and with further design and titles in gilt to the spine. Top edge gilt. Printed on Golden Cockerel Press watermarked paper. Eight initials from Eric Gill's wood-letters, acquired by Christopher Sandford from Robert Gibbings on taking over the Press, reused posthumously. Title page and title borders by Buckland Wright, originally designed for Salmacis and Hermaphroditus (1951), also reused posthumously. An almost near fine copy, the binding square and tight with a couple of spots of very light rubbing to the boards and a small bump to the lower corner of the upper board. The contents with the bookplate of Joyce Thirlaway Bridson to the front pastedown and a little toning to the edges of the endpapers are otherwise clean and bright throughout.

Inscribed by the editor in black ink to the front endpaper: "Joyce Bridson / with the kind regards of / Gwyn Jones / May 26. 1964". The recipient of the present copy, Joyce Thirlaway Bridson (née Rowe) (1915-89), worked at the BBC as a script writer and broadcaster where she met and married her husband Douglas Geoffrey Bridson (1910-1980), producer and author. Her first book was a collection of poems entitled "She Died Alive" (1945), which was subsequently followed by a biography of her ancestor, the writer Nicholas Rowe, made Poet Laureate in 1715. A close friend of Wyndham Lewis in the latter part of his life, she later researched and wrote "The Filibuster: a study of the political ideas of Wyndham Lewis" (1977), along with her husband Douglas. In 1964, Prof. Gwyn Jones and Douglas Bridson visited Greenland to record their impressions of the early Norse settlements in order to produce a television documentary, "The Norsemen In Greenland", during which time the present volume was gifted. This was the last book in which Christopher Sandford, owner of the Golden Cockerel Press since 1933, was involved following its sale to Thomas Yoseloff in 1959. [Chambers and Sandford, pp.43-44; Cave and Manson, p.253].

Stock code: 19493

£1,450

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