Title The Fell Imperial Quarto Book of Common Prayer: An Account of its Production.
Book Condition Collectible: Like New
Edition First Edition
Publisher Lower Marston Farm, Herefordshire UK: The Whittington Press, 1998
1854280449 / 9781854280442
Seller ID CH814-235
LIMITED EDITION of 200 copies, this is one of 150 bound in buckram with 4 pages from the Prayerbook of 1913; 50 other copies were bound in Oasis leather and include 8 pages from the Prayerbook. Folio. 15 1/4 x 10 3/4 inches. [vi], (46) pp. Half-title, printed in red and black, 5 plates including 4 pages from the Prayerbook of 1913; text clean un-marked, except for the gift inscription. Bound in half red buckram, boards covered with red paper printed with a variety of Fell ornaments, spine titled in gilt; binding square and tight. Housed in the original slip case. Gift inscription on half-title. SCARCE. Fine. Printing in England was dominated by the English Crown until the end of the seventeenth century, preventing the development of type foundries. In order to get the very best types for the establishment of the Oxford University Press, John Fell (1625-1686), Dean of Christ Church, Oxford and Bishop of Oxford, imported punches and matrices from Holland. The Fell types have been ascribed to the Dutch punch-cutter Dirck Voskens and exhibit shorter extenders, higher stroke contrast, narrowing of round letters, and flattened serifs on the baseline and descenders, marking the beginning of transition to modern design in typography. Oxford University Press produced a Book of Common Prayer in 1913 which used the Fell types in its production; the book offered here explores the production of this Prayerbook and what it says about many aspects of the operations of Oxford University Press at the beginning of the twentieth century. REFERENCE: De Hamel and Silver, Disbound and Dispersed, No. 212.5.
Peter Foden, The Fell Imperial Quarto Book of Common Prayer An Account of its Production, Fine Printing, Fine Press, Whittington Press, Leaf Book