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John Bell: Mutiny on the Bembo. 1984

Bell, John

Mutiny on the Bembo.

Perpetua Press, Oxford, 1984

CHF 38.–

This slender stapled volume inside a won­der­fully minimal cover is the brainchild of John Frederick Bell (1922–2008), a senior editor at Oxford University Press. The poems were published originally according to the introduction in “The Lantern”, OUP’s house magazine, in 1951–1953. The text is a set of verses on the trials and tribulations of publishing and of the hot metal typesetting machines of the time in particular. The book was printed by the Perpetua Press, a side project of University Printer Vivian Ridler operated at his house in Stanley Road – according to the colophon in an edition of 200 copies.

Description: Card covers with pictorial papers wrappers. Octavo: 22 × 15 cm; pp. 11 leaves all but one printed on one side only. Printed from ‘Bembo’ and ‘Old Face Open’ (frontispice), 2 illustrations.

Condition: An excellent copy.

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