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An Advertiser’s Alphabet by A.S.J.Tessimond and Ceri Richards

Lying in Tessimond's archive, not much more than a cardboard-box, has been a stapled booklet signed by both Tessimond and Richards on the first page and dated 1930. Tessimond appears to have entered alphabetically, words relating to his trade as an advertising copywriter such as 'Brand Name','Habit', and 'Psychology'. Richards has painted 25 (there is no 'A') delightful gouache vignettes while Tessimond has added his own interpretaion of the art and guile of the advertising business.

The images have been scanned and printed digitally by the Senecio Press, one per recto page, onto BFK Rives 180gsm paper. The text is printed letterpress in Lutetia with Romulus Open for display. The format is larger than the original. The introduction is by Mel Gooding, the artist's son-in-law and acknowledged expert on Richards. The black and white design painted on the cover of the booklet is reproduced in reduced form on the Buggra Butten paper covers. Casebound by Chris Hicks. 150 copies.

Price £48 + p. & p. (Sets of sheets for binding £25)

On Collecting Books and Printing them too

On Collecting Books and Printing them too

An Advertiser's Alphabet

Pages from the original booklet.



On Collecting Books and Printing them too by Viscount Carlow

This account of Viscount Carlow’s enthusiasm for book collecting and, subsequently, for printing remained unfinished at the time of his death. He died in an air crash towards the end of the Second World War while on official duty. It is of interest not only for its description of founding the Corvinus Press but of his literary friendship with T. E. Lawrence. Carlow was one of the favoured recipients of the ‘Oxford’ text of Seven Pillars of Wisdom as well as his advice regarding book collecting.

110 copies. Magnani Vergata Avorio paper. Centaur set and cast by Stan Lane of Gloucester Typesetting Services. Frontispiece portrait of Viscount Carlow by Eric Kennington. Casebound by Chris Hicks with patterned paper boards by Paul Kershaw. Printed on an Albion press.

£44, Cheques drawn to Miles Wigfield

On Collecting Books and Printing them too



The Bellman's Return

A 'Snarklet' being six stanzas penned by the printer as a light-hearted conclusion to Lewis Carroll's 'The Hunting of the Snark' printed in Lutetia & Ornata on Zerkall and decorated with commercial wood engravings of nautical lamps. One hundred twenty copies available for £12 including postage. 8pp. 157 by 124 mm.

The Bellmans



Night Club Girl



Night club cover image







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