MACKLEY, George. GRESHAM BOOKS. ~ The George Mackley Collection. I. Confessions of a Woodpecker; II. George Mackley, Wood Engraver; III. Wood Engravings.
I. No. 104 of 250 copies for an exhibition of his wood engravings at the Ashmolean Oxford in 1981, signed by the author/artist. 32 reproductions of wood engravings by Monica Poole, Joan Hassall, Robert Gibbings, Clifford Webb, John Farleigh, Gertrude Hermes, Noel Rooke, Iain Macnab, Gwenda Morgan, Nora Unwin, Agnes Miller Parker, Buckland Wright and Blair Hughes-Stanton. 67 reproductions of wood engravings, with printed titles and dates, by George Mackley loose on 60 varying sized sheets of paper in pocket at the rear. Sm. folio. II. 137 illustrations, mainly of Mackley engravings from 1937 to 1969 plus one by Monica Poole, they are split up into sections on Botanical engravings, engravings of the sea, countryside, waterways, The Netherlands, rivers, and commercial engravings. Sm. folio. III. 1981 reprint of the 1948 edition on the mechanics of wood engraving b Mackley. 8vo.
Special set with all three volumes uniformly bound by E.A. Weeks & Sons in quarter sheep with marbled paper covered sides. Housed in the original sheep backed, marbled paper sided slipcase, gilt lettering on spine. Booklabels of Betty Clark and Felix Dennis. Spine of slipcase marked and slipcase rather rubbed, spines of books mildly marked.
A really good, attractive and useful overview of Mackley’s work, influences, and teaching of technique.