Gordon, George (Lord Byron).
A Venetian Story.
Kentfield. The Allen Press. n.d. This 27th production of the Allen Press is limited to 150 copies of which only 138 were for sale. Spectacularly illustrated with 35 large full page illustrations depicting 18th century Venice, from rare copper plate engravings selected and with an introduction by Eleanor Garvey and Philip Hofer of Harvard University. These plates are loose as issued in Folio. Oblong Folio. (19" x 13"). The pages are unsewn in the French manor, and are contained in an elaborate portfolio covered in a Fortuney print of eighteenth century design, hand-blocked in Venice. The portfolio is enclosed in a hinged box covered in a rich golden brown cloth, and lined with a blue-grey binders' suede. All of these materials were imported from Paris. This production was produced by hand in two colours: Cochin types, hand-set; All-Rag, Mould made Rives paper from France, printed damp on an Acorn-Smith handpress. Original prospectus laid-in.
A Venetian Story, set in the eighteenth century, was written by Byron in 1817, during his three romantic and notorious years in Venice. This long, narrative poem, based on a true anecdote, was told to Byron by the husband of his armour. When in 1818 it was first published as Beppo- A Venetian Story, it became popular immediately as a lively and witty account of Venetians in their "Golden Age." Because Venice is the most pictorial of cities, great artists through the centuries have recorded both the zestful and colorful activities of her citizens, and the city itself with its Byzantine, Gothic, Renaissance, and Baroque palaces and churches surrounded by a glittering horizon of water. In the present volume, we have included thirty-five large and fascinating illustrations reproduced from eighteenth century copperplate engravings selected from three rare volumes.
Portfolio and plates are Very Fine and pristine. Hinged box presents several wrinkles to spine cloth some very mild soiling and a small but obvious repair to small portion of upper hinge- Very Good.Featured Art.