The Beaumont Press – lovely hand press books, pretty and affordable

The Beaumont Press, London operated 1917-1931. The hand press was located in the basement of Cyril William Beamont’s 2nd hand bookshop at 75 Charing Cross Road. In 1910, when he was nineteen, his father bought a small shop at 75 Charing Cross Road, in central London, and set him up in business as a seller of literary classics and rare books. In 1917, Beaumont expanded his sphere of operations by founding the Beaumont Press and beginning to publish fine books of poetry, essays, and other literary works. All have beautiful patterned paper boards, he liked to match look of the books to their literary content, 26 titles in all, charming and lovely! He was a great ballet expert, publishing over 40 titles on ballet, was the Sunday Times ballet critic for a time and died in 1976.

The Budded Branch by Robert Nichols, 1922

Book Description: Fawn quarter buckram with decorated paper-covered boards, spine and cover labels, small 8vo., 40, (1) pages. Cover and 15 illustrations by Anne Estelle Rice. Of numbered 200 copies, this is one of 120 on handmade paper. The fourth book of the press, the first printed on Beaumont’s own press. Signed and dated 1922 by Nichols at FFEP. Bound by Sangorski & Suttcliffe. A very good copy with a darkened spine label, in archival mylar.

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Japanese Garland by Edmund Blunden, 1928

Book Description: Cloth-backed illustrated boards. 44p. First edition with 6 full page color illustrations. Limited to 390 numbered (#179) copies. Neat name stamp to pastedown, some rubbing to extremities, else a tight copy of this uncommon item.

Edmund Blunden

Edmund Charles Blunden, CBE, MC (1 November 1896 – 20 January 1974) was an English poet, author and critic. Like his friend Siegfried Sassoon, he wrote of his experiences in World War I in both verse and prose. For most of his career, Blunden was also a reviewer for English publications and an academic in Tokyo and later Hong Kong. He ended his career as Professor of Poetry at the University of Oxford.

Eileen Mayo

Dame Eileen Rosemary Mayo, DBE, RA (11 September 1906 – 4 January 1994) was an English-born artist and designer who worked in England, Australia and New Zealand in almost every available medium – drawings, woodcuts, lithographs on stone and tempera, tapestry and silk screening. In addition to being a printmaker, illustrator, calligrapher and muralist, she designed coins, stamps, tapestry and posters, and wrote and illustrated eight books on natural science.

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