Blackamore Press

I have found out next to nothing about this press, which was active in the late 1920s and early 1930s certainly as a publisher, with titles printed elsewhere.

This is a volume with 12 colour engravings as the main attraction.

The Pilgrim on the Earth. Green, Julian; Sussan, Rene Ben (illus)
Published by The Blackamore Press / Harper and Brothers 1929
Printed at the Coulouma Press, Argenteuil, under the artistic direction of J.E. Pouterman.

Illustrated Limited First Edition by Julien Green. Hardback in goat vellum spine and dark blue buckram. Gilt rule and lettering on spine. 120 p. Very good condition. No dust jacket or slipcase. # 14 in an edition of 35 presentation copies originally not for sale. Moderate foxing to prelims. Hint of wear to board tips and head & tail of spine. 12 wood engravings in vibrant colour by Rene Ben Sussan, small quarto. Preceded by a French edition titled “Le voyageur sur la terre” (1927).

 

Julien Green (Julian Hartridge Green, 1900-98) was an American national who lived mostly in Paris. Green was a devout Catholic and a prolific writer. He wrote fiction and is known for his journals, detailing the life of an American in Paris. During World War Two he was part of the radio Voice of America that addressed France along with Yul Brynner and Andre Breton. He was the first non-French national to be elected to the Academie francaise.

Rene Ben Susan was a well-known illustrator, published from the 1920’s and into the 1960’s. His illustrated works include the Merchant of Venice, The School for Scandal and Volpone.

 

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