Ancient Needs. Illustrated by Alan James Robinson. Foreword by Brian Davies. Mark Philip Carol.

Ancient Needs. Illustrated by Alan James Robinson. Foreword by Brian Davies.

1989. Northampton: ABCedary Letterpress, 1989.

Folio, 35 leaves, including a map of the Magdalen Islands, and 11 aquatint & drypoint etchings in black, blue, & green. Wood engravings in the text. Full limp vellum, window in upper cover frames a wood engraving of a harp seal pup. With a separate suite of the 11 etchings and 5 wood engravings, each numbered and signed by Robinson, in ice blue cloth folder. Both volumes fine in matching tray case (spine faded). With prospectus.

§ First edition. One of 25 copies of the "full vellum edition", this is Copy H/2 -- the binder Claudia Cohen’s copy. Signed by Cohen, Robinson, Carol, Davies. There were 76 copies printed in all, most bound in handmade paper. The title & colophon are hand calligraphed in blue by Suzanne Moore. The fictional narrative of a young boy's experience with the harp seals is printed in Centaur type on Saunders paper; it is interleaved with the seals' poems printed in Arrighi italic on blue Moriki paper. Published price. Item #107261

Price: $2,500.00

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