The Vale Press

Charles Ricketts (1866 – 1931), painter, designer and writer founded the Vale Press in 1896 for which he designed the very fine Vale type. In the relatively short period of eight years, before it closed in 1904, Ricketts produced forty-six books. Vale Shakespeare is the masterpiece, it closed after that. He threw punches and matrices into the Thames and melted down the last of the type.

Hand and Soul, by Dante Gabriel Rossetti, 1899

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Book Description: Bound as issued in paper over boards; printed title labels on the spine and front boards; printed in black and red in the Vale font; two engraved borders with strapwork initials; a beautiful designed and made book. Covers are a trifle soiled; head and tail of the spine are a little rubbed; the usual offsetting at the endpaper else contents are clean and bright; a nice copy. 1 of 210 unnumbered.

It is a very little book!


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