London: Ballantyne Press For Hacon and Ricketts, 1899. Illustrated by Charles Ricketts. Limited Edition. Hardcover.
Hand and Soul held particular significance for Ricketts. The book announced in May,1899, and was sold out within two weeks.
Limited to 210 copies [with 10 on Vellum] Page 39 misnumbered as 36 Typography: Vale type. Printed in red and black Ornaments; 'Vine' border, initials B2, I1, T2. The border was burnt at the printers and appeared only twice. Reprinted from the first number of the Germ, 1850.
Blue paper boards, Printed label on upper right front and spine; back cover blank; front and back pastedown and three blank leaves. 5.875 inches tall; 16mo; pp. (4) blank, 45, blank, colophon, (5), blank. The bindings are tight and square. Text clean, light even toning. Moderate shelf handling wear; upper spine band rubbed with tiny loss; minimal opening on the front lower corner, minor darkening of the spine.
Very Good / No Dust Jacket As Issued. Item #014309
Richett's arranged to have the Vale Press publications printed at the Ballantyne Press as private press books by a carefully chosen selection of compositors, readers, pressmen and binders freed from the everyday demands of the press. [Watry]
Charles Ricketts (1866-1931) was a British artist, illustrator, author and printer, known for his work as a book designer and typographer and for his costume and scenery designs for plays and operas. Ricketts first made his mark in book production, first as an illustrator, and then as the founder and driving force of the Vale Press (1896-1904), one of the leading private presses of the day, for which he designed the type and illustrations.
A disastrous fire at the printers led to the closure of the press, and Ricketts turned increasingly to painting and sculpture over the following two decades. [Tate]
Ref: Watley, B24; Ricketts xxvi; L'Art Ancien, #44