Flowers And Flourishes




The Bodley Head for Mackays.






Including a newly annotated edition of a suite of fleurons.

Item Description

Tall 8vo. 6.5 x 10 inches. 168 pp. Title page and half title in red and black. Bound quarter brown cloth, gilt over pink and brown decorated boards, in pictorial dust wrapper, which has sunned spine and minor edge wear and chips. Patterned endpapers. A clean ex-library copy, with one stamp on verso of title and a little wear on rear endpaper where label has been removed. Illustrated throughout by type specimens, fleurons and facsimiles, with a coloured tipped in specimen of Japanese handprinted decorative paper. A working manual for typographers and graphic designers. The introduction relates the history of cast metal flowers in printing. The second part is a visual index of all the decorative material available at the old established Kent printing firm of W. and J. Mackay of Chatham. This is followed by a facsimile of the author's book, A suite of Fleurons, first published by Phoenix House in 1956 (54 + [1] pp.) and revised by Ryder with holographs of his comments in ink printed below the main text. At the end is a brief pictorial essay on the use of camera and mirror techniques to throw new light on the formal shapes of traditional flowers. John Ryder (1917-2001) was a typographer and book designer who was art director of The Bodley Head for thirty years from 1957.

[Stock No. 26829]

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