NICHOLS (Robert)The Budded Branch. (Poems and a Play by Robert Nichols. The Cover and the Decorations designed by Anne Estelle Rice. The Typography and Binding arranged by Cyril William Beaumont. Printed by Hand on his Press at 75 Charing Cross Road in the City of Westminster. Completed July the tenth MDCCCCXVIII).
[London, Beaumont Press, 1918].
Small 8vo, publisher’s half vellum over paper boards with floral design in green and pink, title label printed in green mounted on the first side, spine titled in gilt, (binding executed by F. Sangorski & G. Sutcliffe). Half-title (with the justification on verso), title, 40 pp., 1 leaf of colophon. Complete.
13 illustrations by Anne Estelle Rice (1877-1959), hand-coloured by Mrs Beaumont.
First Edition of the fourth book issued by the Beaumont Press and the first printed by hand.
One of the first 30 numbered copies on Japanese vellum signed by the author and artist of a total issue of only 200 copies.
Exquisite private press publication by Cyril Beaumont (1896-1976), the noted ballet historian, bookseller, printer and publisher, whose shop in Charing Cross Road was a meeting place for writers, artists, Ballets Russes dancers, and bibliophiles, like Adrienne Monnier’s shop in Paris. He printed 26 books on his Albion press in the basement of his bookshop between 1917 and 1931. He was close to the Belgian artist Edgard Tytgat exiled in London during the First World War. “The work of the Beaumont Press showed an attractive light touch that is refreshing indeed compared with some of the more pompous and pretentious press books of the period” (Cave). Robert Nichols (1893-1944), famous British war poet, friend of Siegfried Sassoon, Rupert Brooke and Aldous Huxley. “These poems form some slight memorial of an intimacy with Nature which War has destroyed”.
A fine copy.
Ref. Roderick Cave, The Private Press, pp. 191-192