BUCKLAND WRIGHT, John. GOLDEN COCKEREL PRESS. [HARTNOLL, Phyllis]. ~ The Grecian Enchanted.
8 collotype illustrations after aquatint copper engravings by John Buckland Wright. No. 205 of 360 copies. Printed on Arnold’s mould-made paper in Caslon’s Old Face type. Tall thin 4to., original pink and grey cloth with cockfight design by Buckland Wright blocked in gold on the upper cover, gilt lettering on spine. Spine slightly faded with a few small marks to the cloth, mild darkening to endpapers, otherwise good.
Buckland Wright was in his element with the book which called for his favourite theme; young idealised women in an idealised Classical Greek world with nude bathers, a love scene, women slaves in chains and minimal clothing &c
The technique here was to combine aquatint with copper engraving. It was only in the special edition of 60 that the plates were taken from the original plates, this ordinary edition used collotype plates.
The book was published by the Golden Cockerel Press in 1952. It is a simple love story “as evanescent as the scent of wild thyme, into which Phyllis Hartnoll wove the mingled ecstasy and heart-break of young lover..." (Cock-a-Hoop 189),