Glencoe, Illinois: The Workshop of Letterio Calapai, 1973. Thomas Bewick. Limited Edition Signed by Printer Calapai & Poet Chester Long, #82 0f 100 copies. Wrappers. 4to (10" x 8"), cream wrappers with brown lettering on spine housing, printed by Letterio Calapai with couplets by Chester C. Long, Introduction by Harold Haydon, text, and 30 plates enfolded within sheets of wovepaper with crisp Bewick engravings restruck from the original woodblocks tipped onto one side with small rectilinear windows for viewing, 30 pages of title & text plus 30 separable plates showcased within double-folded paper. Preserved in a sturdy cardboard slipcase with decorative brown paper covering. Fine / Slipcase Near Fine. Item #5407
SIGNED by Printer & Poet on Colophon [before the showcased Bewick plates). SUPERIOR CONDITION with brilliant, crisp, unfoxed loose & reframeable plates. EXCELLENT typography, paper, and printing. Slight wear to the firm slipcase mainly around its opening. Lower edge of wrapper's spine is slightly worn.
Thomas Bewick (1753-1828) was a famous English wood-engraver and natural history author. He is best known for A History of British Birds, which is greatly admired for its small, crisp wood engravings. He also notably illustrated sought-after editions of Aesop's Fables. The 30 superb Bewick plates in this edition have been restruck by Letterior Calapai, an expert printer, from Bewick's original woodblocks. Each is frameable!
Aesop's Fables, or the Aesopica, is a collection of fables credited to Aesop, a slave and Greek storyteller (ca.620 - 564 BCE).
Paper used for the prints is Goyu and Troya, mounted on Ivory Tweed weave. The Bewick brilliant restruck prints are enclosed in simple paper folders with spine titles. Each Bewick print is suitable for framing. Lacks the 26-page pamphlet explaining the fables. Prints and pamphlet are housed in a near fine decorated paper slipcase.