Hand-printed by Loyd Haberly

[NICLAES, Henrick = Henry Nicholas]A New Balade or Songe of the Lambes Feast.

Printed and made by hand by Loyd Haberly, The Seven Acres Press, Long Crendon, Buckinghamshire, n.d. (1927).

Small 8vo, half fawn calf over decorative paper boards, spine with raised bands and black lettering piece.

4 blanks, title in red, green and blue, 9 pp., 1 blank, (2) pp. Justification, 3 blanks. Printed in black, red, green and blue on fine handmade paper. Capital letters and 4 half-page woodcuts by Lord Haberly. Complete.

First Edition limited to 125 numbered copies (this copy without number).

Lovely publication made by hand and printed by Loyd Haberly at the Seven Acres Press.

Loyd Haberly (1896-1981), American poet and printer.

After earning a master’s degree in International Law from Harvard, Haberly was awarded a Rhodes Scholarship to read law at Oxford. Once in England, he discovered the wonders of the arts and crafts movement and began taking classes in the book arts at the Central School of Arts and Crafts. Mrs. Arthur Durnford and Agatha Walker, both devotees to the memory and works of William Morris, invited Haberly to set up a printing house on the grounds of their home, Seven Acres, in Long Crendon. He was delighted to accept the invitation. Haberly spent a year building his one-room stone printing house at Long Crendon. He built nearly theentire house by himself except for aid in thatching the roof. The two women were as pleased with the curious  printing house as he was with the setting. Haberly worked with the phrase “‘create and delight while you may” as his guiding theme. He proceeded to print sixteen books, most of which he authored himself. The second product of his Seven Acres Press, “Cymberina: An Unnatural History”, caught the attention of Emery Walker who took the time to coach the young American on the finer points of printing and convinced him of the beauty of Caslon types. Haberly stayed in Long Crendon until 1933 when he was offered the post of controller of the Gregynog Press. The printer at Oxford University Press, John Johnson, who was also on the board of the Gregynog Press, had been impressed with the “blend of dreamer and practical man” he saw in Haberly.

Excellent copy.

Ref. Jay Satterfield, Loyd Haberly: Poet and Printer, University of Iowa, 1993

Price: 300,00 euros

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