Lawrence, Simon (Ed.) : S.T.E. Lawrence. Boxwood blockmaker. Wood engravings collected in honour of his eightieth birthday


 

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Wakefield, Simon Lawrence - printed at the Whittington Press, 1980, Limited Edition. , tall 8vo 9" - 10" tall, Unpaginatedpp. Quarter brown buckram over marbled boards with gilt titles on spine, 16pp + 37 full page wood engravings printed on rectos only and with a wood engraved frontis by Leo Wyatt and an appreciation written by George Mackley, internally clean and bright, a fine copy in a slipcase which is bumped on a couple of corners.

Stanley Lawrence worked in the family business, which made woodblocks for wood engravers, from 1917 until 1986. He became the sole proprietor in 1941 and was an acknowledged expert on wood engraving materials and handmade papers. This book was conceived in 1979, when Stanley Lawrence's grandson, Simon, asked John Randle at the Whittington Press to print, in secrecy, a book of wood engravings by leading engravers to celebrate his grandfather's 80th birthday. The list of engravers who contributed their work is impressive and includes Simon Brett, Joan Hassall, Agnes Miller Parker, George Mackley and Reynolds Stone, to name just a few. A more significant consequence of the book was Simon Lawrence's decision to set up the Fleece Press, a decision that he associates with moment he first walked through the door at the Whittington Press.

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