The Swan Press

Sydney Matthewman (1902-1970) took over a jobbing printer and re-formed it into private press often using “Princess” type and hand made paper. Throughout the 1920s Matthewman was especially associated with the poetry scene in Leeds, as well as in London.

There would seem to have been a change of approach and even ownership in 1926. “The Swan Press was founded in 1926 by L. D’O. Walters, M.H.H. Walters, and Miss M.P. Eyre. Ransom lists 11 books produced up to 1928”

So things are a bit confused. I have found out nothing about the authors or about Joyce Garrick, the illustrator with sweet little images included.

Gathered Together, GOSSE, Philip and Helen, llustrator Joyce Garrick
Published by The Swan Press, Chelsea, 1927

First edition. Three lists of Collective nouns from two books by Strutt and a further list from ‘other than Strutt’ with introduction. x.16 pages. printed at The Swan Press on Antique laid paper. Swan Press patterned paper boards printed black on white with white buckram spine, printed label. one inner joint partially cracking, mild spots of foxing. Signed on dedication page’from Helen Gosse’ added neat date below March 6th 1926 ‘ (thus- printed date being 1927) in a different hand. lightly pencil ownership signature on flyleaf Lady Warden. limited edition No 3 of 250 copies.

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