Ditchling Common: H D C Pepler, Printer / St. Dominic's Press, 1934.
Limited Edition. Paperback. Good+ with no dust jacket. Item #11809
1" front spine edge tear at tail, two 1/2" tears at spine head edges, corner wear, light tone to wrap-around label, unopened pages, otherwise light wear. Solid paperback wraps.; Colophon: Imprint: Printed by H D C & mark Pepler on a Stanhope Press; Type, Caslon Old Face; Paper, John Batchelor & Son; Completed on the Feast of the Assumption when men should abstain from servile work. Edition, limited to 250 copies of which this is No 173; [signed] H D C Pepler. "Harry Douglas Clark Pepler (1878–1951), known as Hilary Pepler, was an English printer, writer and poet. He was an associate of both Eric Gill and G. K. Chesterton, working on publications in which they had an interest. He was also a founder with Gill and Desmond Chute in 1920 of a Catholic community of craftsmen at Ditchling, Sussex, that took the name The Guild of St Joseph and St Dominic." - Wikipedia. Illustrations reproduced from the St Dominic's Press include three by Eric Gill. Evan Gill; Eric Gill : A Bibliography; 500. "Mr. Pepler's essay is persuasively, entertainingly, and gracefully written. It is a personal record of the process and feelings which led him, in 1916, to set up as printer in a Ditchling stable that had been recently occupied as a mason's yard by Eric Gill and Joseph Cribb. There were books he wanted to produce —books concerning faith and handicraft. 'Moreover, in my ignorance, I thought that any fool could print.' So the St. Dominic's Press was born." - A J A Symons, The Book-Collector's Quarterly, Vol 5, Issue 1, Page 24. An outstanding memoir of the Fine Press movement, with Eric Gill illustrations. ; 79 pages.
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