Parchment and Vellum

By: Herbert Fahey (1894-1969) and Peter Fahey (d. 1974)

Price: $750.00

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LIMITED EDITION of 50 copies, written, printed, and hand-bound by Herbert and Peter Fahey in their studio at 510 Pine Street, San Francisco. No limitation stated in this copy, this copy out of sequence; Worldcat records two editions for this title, 1940 and 1950, although it is difficult to determine if there is an error in their records; both record 50 copies issued, which would be a total of 100 copies issued over a period of 10 years. The second edition may have been issued in blue-paper-covered boards. 8vo. 7 3/4 x 5 1/4 inches. Unpaginated. [28] pp. Printed on blue-ruled paper, frontispiece engraving of a medieval scribe signed in the block by George C. Pearce of Patterson & Hall, initials in blue and highlighted in gilt, 8 tipped-in samples of various types of vellum, hand-crafted decorative illustration of a hand with writing quill on the colophon, also by Pearce; text clean, unmarked. Full gilt-ruled vellum over boards, top edge gilt; covers bowed from the vellum else square and tight. Comes in the original blue-paper-covered slip case with printed paper spine label; light shelf wear to the slip case. Near Fine. Herbert and [Enda] Peter Fahey were a hand bookbinding couple with a studio in San Francisco. They wrote a number of bookbinding manuals, including Finishing in Hand Bookbinding (1951). This small volume summarizes their knowledge and experience with vellum and parchment, first inspired by their work with medieval manuscripts and incunabula. They were able to study contemporary production of vellum at H. Band & Company in London, manufacturers of the famous Kelmscott vellum, an experience which forms the backbone of the text offered here. The volume includes a fine frontispiece illustration of a medieval scribe, hand-colored and illuminated initials, and a decorative illustration of a human hand holding a quill pen on the colophon, all created by George C. Pearce. Pearce was born in England but settled in San Francisco in the 1920s where he was employed as a commercial artist during the Depression and World War II years. On Pearce, see: Hughes, Artists in California, 1786-1940, Vol. II, p. 861. Worldcat records 23 copies in institutions over 2 editions.

Title: Parchment and Vellum

Author Name: Herbert Fahey (1894-1969) and Peter Fahey (d. 1974)

Illustrator: George C. Pearce (1881-1960)

Categories: Fine Press,

Edition: First Edition

Publisher: San Francisco, CA, Herbert and Peter Fahey: 1940

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition: Collectible: Very Good

Type: Hardcover

Seller ID: GG818-031

Keywords: George C. Pearce, Herbert Fahey, Peter Fahey, Parchment and Vellum, Fine Press, Limited Edition, Vellum