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( W A & J S Meeuws )
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 Joseph Thornton
1808 - 1891

The Whittington Press, Andoversford, 
only available as a lot
JIM TURNER, Lost days: Poems of the Cotswolds, 1981 First Edition 4to (270 x 190 mm), 32 pages. One of a limited first edition of 500 copies. Signed by the author on the half-title, Printed on reverse of title: For effie and dedicated to Sir John Betjeman "with respect & affection, and in acknowledgement of his kindness". 7 wood engravings by Miriam MacGregor.. Set in 12-pt Monotype Bell and printed by John Randle on Zerkall mould-made paper. Paper wrappers. 

John O'Connor Knipton: a Leicestershire Village. 1996. An attractively illustrated portrait of an English village, Knipton, in Leicestershire, with 35 bi-colour and monocolour wood engravings by the late John O'Connor. Hardback , quarter buckram binding with O'Connor decorated front & rear boards, 26 unnumbered pages, size: 10" x 14",  this one  is the number 48 of 155 copies from the total limited edition of 200 , printed in 14-point Bell on Zerkall mould-made paper. Signed by John O'Connell on the colophone page. Immaculate book and slip case. .

Richard Kennedy: Parcel of Time; A First World War Childhood, 1977,  4to. 71 pp. Illustrated by the author. Very good to fine hardback in  faded , damaged jacket, torn at the top 

Juliet Caithness: The Story of a Mouse of Immense Importance, 1st edition , Folio 44cms four page book, illustrated with four linocuts ,printed on one side and folded, 1973. ISBN 0 9502159 5 3. Gloss heavy card orange cover. Printed in an edition of 2000 copies illustrated with multi-color linocuts by the author. ( Butcher 3) . It is printed in such a way the the four pages fold out to one big page. There are instructions on the lower inside back cover on how to pin the story to the wall. The text is run around the linocut illustrations. 4 pages. laminated stiff wrappers. folio., Tall narrow quarto, 439 x 200mm. Broadsheet printed one side only, with three vertical folds. Printed in black and four colours. Four linocuts staples have come out 
signed by the printer John Randle, 10 September ‘76

Edward Craig: William Nicholson’s An Alphabet. An Introduction to the Reprint from the Original Woodblocks. 1978, Original printed wrappers, 13 x 10 inches, [4], 11, [1] pp., 1 illustration in text, inside of wrappers printed with reproductions of the Nicholson alphabet illustrations. Edward Craig is the son of Edward Gordon Craig, who learned to engrave on wood from William Nicholson. The text consists of memories and anecdotes of Nicholson and his works. Number 230 of 300 copies, signed by Craig

John UdaI:In a State of Readiness . 1988,  First Edition Unpaginated 16pp.,  bound with yellow thread. Overhanging untrimmed covers in same material. Two internal illustrations by Richard Kennedy. Grey card outer wraps with dark lettering on face and another illustration. One of 150 copies set in Caslon and printed in black and light brown on Sommerville laid paper. 3 drawings reproduced by line-blocks. Sewn into overlapping card covers with pictorial Ingres paper wrappers. Seven poems by John Udal. The wrapper is from an old stock of Ingres paper obtained from OUP. The illustration on the wrapper is not repeated within the text. These were the last illustrations by Richard Kennedy for Whittington Press, Untrimmed lower edge to this wrap-around


1975: the Whittington Press will publish The Hunting of the Snark by Lewis Carroll, illustrated by Harold Jones in a limited edition of 750 copies in May 1975. 4pp. Gr8vo., leaflet printed in red and black with one illustration

1980: Publications 1980-I. 16pp., + cover, listing the publications from November 1979 to March 1980. 12mo sized

1981: An exhibition of books printed at the Whittington Press from 1971 to 1981  and of engravings, lithographs & drawings by four artists ….at King Street Galleries London, from 4th to 19th December, 1981.. One of 1500 copioes  in Caslon with 4 illustrations. Printed in black and  sepia. 12mo., 

1983: Books from the Whittington Press 1983 & 1984, 16pp. + covers, illustrated. 12mo., With small inserted printed note “we hope you can come to our Open Day…”

1985: Books from the Whittington Press 1985. 12pp +  stiff hand-made paper illustrated with  2 of the wood-engravings by Miriam Macgregor for Allotments and 2 other illustrations + engraving on front cover. 8vo.,

1987: Books coming from the Whittington Press 1986-7. 16pp. + covers . 9 illustrations, wood engravings in black and sepia. (by Miriam Macgregor, Richard Kennedy, Hellmuth Weissenborn and others) 8vo., 

1989: Books coming from the Whittington Press 1988, 1989, & 1990.  16pp + coloured covers,  illustrations by Richard Kennedy, Howard Phipps and others  (wood-engravings, linocuts and  copper-engravings in 2 colours) . 8vo.,  with small loose printed insert: we hope you will visit the press…in the afternoon of 3rd September.

1991: The Whittington Press. Plans for 1991.  8pp., + coloured covers  3 wood-engravings by Miriam MacGregor,  Howard Phipps and John O’Connor. The rear cover folds out with an attached order form.. With a small loose insert with description of David & Kim Butcher’s Cherub Press. Sm8vo.., 

1992: The Whittington Press. Plans & for 1992. 8pp., + browen covers 3 engravings in the text, one on front cover. This catalogue announces David Butcher’s bibliography of the press 1982 – 1992. + foldout order form. Sm8vo.

1993: Proof of the catalogue for new books 1993 , without cover, 16pp.,  sent by John Randle with his letter dated 28-2-1993  in which he points to the sale of a complete Whittington Press books set on page 7 and reacts to discussion about a possible sale of our nearly complete set. As it happened our set was finally offered for sale via  Sotheby’s sale of 16th May 1996, as their number 83,  for which their catalogue is also included here. The collection is described there as an almost complete set and features some colour photographs of bindings and posters, 

The set remained unsold and was later sold to another bookseller. 

1993: Books coming from the Whittington Press during 1993, 1994 & beyond.  16pp., 9 illustrations in the text, one on  front cover.  Wood engravings by Howard Phipps, Hellmuth Weissenborn, John O’Connor, John Craig and Miriam MacGregor. Yellow covers have fold-out ord1996: Sotheby’s catalogue Illustrated Books & drawing for Thursday 16th May 1996. 

1996: Sotheby’s catalogue Illustrated Books & drawing for Thursday 16th May 1996. 


Our England is a garden, and 
such gardens are not made
By singing:-" Oh, how beautiful," 
and sitting in the shade

While better men than we go out 
and start their working lives
At grubbing weeds from gravel-paths with broken dinner-knives.

price for the collection £ 950