His brother, Joseph, supposedly more respectable, is shown to be a conniving schemer who courts Lady Teazle, the young wife of a wealthy old nobleman. Sir Oliver Surface, their uncle, disguises himself to discover which of his nephews shall be his heir. Joseph is exposed as a hypocrite, and Charles triumphs, winning both fortune and good love (applause). This is a gorgeous edition, hand made.
It was designed by Francis Meynell and printed under his supervision at the Oxford University Press. The type is a rough, crude Fell type, and was not used outside the Press at the University. For the scrumptious illustrations, we are indebted to Rene Ben Sussan, who made 17 paintings, cut in copper and reproduced in Paris. Each print of each of the 17 copper plates was made by hand by Lacouriere. Each print was then colored by hand, through stencils, by Keller of Paris; some of them have six colors laid on, some have as many as 11.
The paper is called Auvergne, and was made entirely of rags at a small mill in the south of France. It is greyish in tone, very soft in texture, and very crude. No two sheets are alike in size. The entire appearance of the paper is one of crudeness, which is a delight for book lovers like us.The sheets were placed in binding boards. Over the boards a paper with a colorful pattern was loosely folded. The book was then placed in a jacket made of boards and lined with the same fancy paper.
And all of this was then placed in a slipcase covered with the same paper. Everything about the book is in harmony - the hand-printed illustrations, the crude hand-made paper, and the crude hand-set type. This is number 1161 of 1500 copies, and is signed by Rene Ben Sussan.
The offer includes the essential four page Limited Editions Club Monthly Letter. The offer should have wide appeal to those who appreciate 18th century English literature and comic plays, and especially to those who admire a book beautifully crafted of the finest materials by hand by skilled artisans.
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