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Clay: The Constant Mistress. 1934
Clay: The Constant Mistress. 1934
Clay: The Constant Mistress. 1934

Clay, Enid; Gill, Eric (ill.)

The Constant Mistress [AND] Prospectus

Golden Cockerel Press, London, 1934

CHF 390.–

First edition, signed, limited to 250 copies of the regular edition, of which this is No. 141 (250 were bound in canvas with paper sides and 50 in full leather). With 6 wood-engravings by Eric Gill. Signed by Eric Gill and Enid Clay on the colophon. The book is accompanied by the prospectus containing 2 engravings of the book edition.

Description: Quarter cloth over light green paper boards, printed paper label to spine. Octavo: 22.5 × 15 cm, pp. 40 [1 (colophon)]. With 6 wood-engravings (1 to title and 5 within text). Printed from Caslon Old Face on unbleached hand-made paper.

Inserted: Golden Cockerel Press Prospectus for The Constant Mistress: folded leaf, pp. 4. With 2 wood-engravings by Eric Gill. The specimen page displays the poem ‘The Young Girl's Room’ with its accompanying engraving.

Ref.: Cave/Manson 101; Chanticleer 101

Condition: Some fading (as usual) and marks to boards, slight loss to edge of title label at spine. Internally, clean and free of marks. Prospectus clean with just a bare trace of toning at edges. A very attractive and well illustrated set.

Notes: The Constant Mistress was published as a companion volume to Clay’s Sonnets & Verses, in a similar format, with new engravings by her brother Eric Gill.

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