Lot 21: Ecclesiastes, or The Preacher (Golden Cockerel Press, 1934)
August 28, 2016
Adelaide, AustraliaLive Auction
[Golden Cockerel Press] Ecclesiastes, or The Preacher.
London, Golden Cockerel Press, 1934. Folio (340 x 240 mm), 22,  (limitation leaf with cockerel device, verso blank) pages with 13 wood-engraved illustrations by Blair Hughes-Stanton. Quarter vellum and orange cloth, with the vellum lettered and ruled in gilt; top edge gilt, others uncut; boards bowed; slight surface silverfish nibbling to the vellum, affecting some of the gilt on a few of the letters on the spine; a very good copy externally (but fine internally, making it an ideal candidate for a commissioned binding).
Number 196 of 250 copies of this 'the Hundredth Book printed by the Golden Cockerel Press, and completed on the 15th day of October 1934'. Loosely inserted is the visiting card of Mrs R.J. Legoe, with her gift inscription on the verso: 'Alick, Happy Birthday and love from Molly'. Molly Legoe was a grand-daughter of Robert Barr Smith; Alick is Sir Alexander Russell Downer (1910-1981).