The Favil Press

Favil Press was founded in 1920 by Philip Sainsbury, who sold it to his partner Charles Birnstingl who produced this volume, in 1922.Birnstingl and his wife Ursula produced some of the decorations for the letterpress books. He in turn sold the press in 1932 to a group chaired by Victor Gollancz to take up farming, and the press continued active toat least 1963. It was set up to improve jobbing printing but also did some letterpress work, chiefly poetry at the start.

So, an interesting volume, admittedly the spine has more or less fallen apart – “spine tatty” is spot on, but it was only £15.00 and the inside is alright! Nice that all involved in the production are mentioned in the book.

Between Sun and Moon, Cecil French
8vo. 47 pp. edition limited to 350 copies of which only copies issued to subscribers have 4 tipped in woodcuts on India paper initialled by author, as found here. end papers and foredges browned, otherwise light browning and sporadic foxing, good in original paper covered boards, marbled paper in dark blue, moss and mauve. Extremities worn, boards scuffed, spine tatty. Printed in Caslon on hand laid Abbey Mills paper, #84/350 signed by Cecil French

Cecil French (1879-1953)http://www.lbhf.gov.uk/external/beyondburnejones/about/aboutcecilfrench.html biography.  He mainly collected paintings and dabbled a little in the arts himself. This is the first of two volumes published of his poetry.   His art collection was left to various public galleries. This poetry was actually mostly written before the Great War, though published much later.

 

 

 

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