Woodcut Book-Plates


P. Neville Barnett.

Signed, limited edition.


Sydney: The Beacon Press, 1934. Signed, limited edition, 165 of 210. Untrimmed, 224pp including colophon, lavishly illustrated including 106 tipped in book-plates, 15 of which are signed or initialed by the artist (Adrian Feint, G.D. Perrottet, W.F. Hopson, John rerberg, Bruno da Osimo, V.Vavra, Jaroslav Dobrovsky, L. Roy Davies, George Collingridge, Philip M. Litchfield). Quarto, marbled boards with parchment spine, Illustrated dust-jacket, book-plate of Harrie P. Mortlock loosely inserted.

Near Fine/Near Fine. Head and foot of spine gently pressed, light scattered foxing to top edge, minor edge-wear to the top edge of the jacket with just a couple of very small chips. Fine throughout with just a hint of age-toning to the edges of leaves. All plates present.

Percy Neville Barnett (1881 – 1953) was an author, collector and book-plate authority. He played a central role in promoting and cultivating Australian interest in book-plates, especially in the 1920s and 30s. His numerous books have become collectible items, with many of the plates having been hand coloured and/or tipped-in by Bartlett himself. Woodcut Book-Plates, his fourth book, is beautifully produced and features the work of a number of Australian artists as well as contemporary Japanese, German, British and Central European artists.


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