When I was a Lad at the Bodley Head
Five Ravilious electrotypes rescued by Peter Guy
Out of the blue in 1999 our much-missed friend Peter Guy posted me a letter with five electrotypes of engravings by Eric Ravilious he had saved from the furnace while a young man working at the Bodley Head. They were used in the Nonesuch edition of Gilbert White's Natural History of Selborne. Four are hand-printed here in a small booklet with letterpress text, bound in marbled wrappers by Jemma Lewis. 90 copies, £42 each (£35 trade), due late February.
The Bliss Story: Douglas Percy Bliss and Phyllis Dodd
by Malcolm Yorke
While Douglas Percy Bliss wrote kindly and perceptively several decades ago about his friend Edward Bawden (for a book published by the Pendomer Press), and earlier in his career took up the pen to write about Eric Ravilious and the emerging engravers of the 1920s, no-one has written comprehensively about Bliss himself, who was a notable engraver, teacher and – especially – landscape painter; the same applies to his wife Phyllis Dodd. Malcolm Yorke has written several fine books for this Press and his study of Bliss, of Phyllis (a fine portrait painter) and the succeeding generation of artistic Blisses, will be another important boo. It runs to 270 pages and will be among the really great Fleece Press books; for publication in the new year 2017, now in progress.
There will be books on Claughton Pellew, Anthony Gross, and John Buckland Wright. More information shortly.
Simon Lawrence, The Fleece Press, 95 Denby Lane, Upper Denby, Huddersfield HD8 8TZ
Telephone 01226 792200