Dropmore Press and Iain Macnab wood engravings

Dropmore Press ran from 1945-1956. Founded by the newspaper-owner Gomer Berry, 1st Viscount Kemsley. Kemsley acquired the type, paper-stock, printing equipment and press-man (A H Cardew) of the Corvinus Press, which closed in 1945, following the death of its owner Viscount Carlow in the previous year. He named it after his Dropmore Park, near Taplow. Edward Shanks was another key active director. Tried to make a profit and run on commercial lines, staid publications compared to Corvinus which was a hobby press. Produced 40 titles overall in 300-1000 editions.

Iain Macnab of Barachastlain (21 October 1890 – 24 December 1967) was a Scottish wood-engraver and painter.

Walter Savage Landor. (30 January 1775 – 17 September 1864) was an English writer and poet. His best known works were the prose Imaginary Conversations, and the poem Rose Aylmer, but the critical acclaim he received from contemporary poets and reviewers was not matched by public popularity. As remarkable as his work was, it was equalled by his rumbustious character and lively temperament.

The Sculptured Garland. MACNAB, IAIN: Published by London: the Dropmore Press, 1948

A Selection from the Lyrical Poems of Walter Savage Landor. Arranged by Richard Buxton. The wood engravings are by Iain Macnab. Copy 134 of 300 copies set in 14 pt. Monotype Garamond type and printed on a hand press on hand made paper by Hodginson of Wells. 10.25 X 8 ins. 56 pp + Colophon. Bound by Evans of Croydon in half brown morocco with gilt spine titling and gilt Press device on upper cover. Title page and 15 wood engravings by Iain Macnab. Near fine in dust-jacket which is very slightly foxed.

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