Walpole Press is perhaps not very well known. It was set up after being inspired by a visit to Cuala Press and produced a mix of jobbing print work – mainly theatre programmes, posters, cards and such like – and a small number of hand set books, the last book is this Book of Tobit from 1945. All work was undertaken by Martin Kinder himself. The initial here was cut by H W Tuck, who did other illustration work for various press titles.
An interviewer in the year of his death 1967 wrote:
“On my last visit to Mr Kinder, I found him, despite poor health, still printing, and although he now confines himself to such material as invitation cards and programmes, his enthusiasm and careful attention to detail and quality are as great now as they must have been in 1913, when the press began.” [Ann Barrett article on the press in the Private Library, Summer 1967]
THE BOOK OF TOBIT
Published by The Walpole Press, Norwich, 1945
Description: pp [viii] 32 with 4 tipped-in sepia illustrations. dark pink paper-covered boards with paper title label on front. End papers mildly spotted. Edges of page block uncut. Edition limited to 410 copies of which 390 are for sale. This is Number 167. A near Fine copy in Very Good protected dustjacket with small top front edge tear, small chips to head and foot of spine and light wear to corners