UPDIKE, D.B. MERRYMOUNT PRESS. ~ The Book of Common Prayer.
One of 500 copies. Printed from electrotypes taken from hand composition in Janson roman type with initial letters and titling drawn by W.A. Dwiggins on English handmade paper. Folio, original blind-stamped wine red pigskin, top edge gilt, others uncut. A really good copy of a book with a notoriously weak soft pigskin binding.
Updike was commissioned by J.P. Morgan, Jr. to print the Standard Edition of the Prayer Book for the Episcopal Church when it adopted its important second revision of it in 1928. His magnificent work became one of the most important books in the history of American printing and a landmark of the mastery of typography. The sole ornament to the superb type setting being a single fleuron on the title-page.
It became Updike’s most famous book: “it is one of the few superb books of modern printing history...the finest product of the American Press in our time...” (Pottinger)
Booklabel of Clarence B. Hanson, Jr.