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Original Remondini Papers.

PAPER] REMONDINI. 7 sheets of original Remondini paper in 4 different patterns. 1. 2 full sheets decorated with Ramage floral pattern woodcuts printed in green on red hand coloured paper. The paper was then coloured one more time with white. 429 x 338 mms. Late 18th century. 2 full sheets decorated with floral wood cuts on brown hand coloured paper. 429 x 338 mms. The paper has been buffed up with Agate and wax to make it more resistant and glossy. Late 18th century. 2. 2 full sheets decorated with ribbon pattern woodcuts printed in black on green paper. 471 x 375 mms. Late 18th century. 3. One full sheet decorated with floral woodcuts printed in black on green paper. 459 x 374 mms. Late 18th century. 4. 2 full sheets decorated with Ramage floral and bird pattern woodcuts printed in white on black handcoloured paper, then hand coloured again in white and buffed up with Agate and wax. 457 x 357 mms. Early 19th century. Remondini papers were used to bind books or decorate furniture so finding a sample of full size paper is extremely rare. The Remondini Press was based in Bassano del Grappa close to Padua in the founder’s 17th century home, Casa Remondini with the paper factories in Oliero, a small town in the nearby countryside. Everyday the paper was carried by mule to Bassano to be printed. The papers began to produce these papers in the 18th century, around 1738, and soom became the most important press. In printing the paper, Remondini used wood blocks with dimensions of approx. 35 x 40 cms. The papers became famous in Italy, Europe, Russia, the Ottoman Empire and America. The papers were used to bind books of decorate furniture, for instance La Fenice in Venice was decorated with Remonidini Papers in 1792. These superb examples were bought privately from a family in Padua who had the papers since the 19th century.
Early Hammersmith Socialist Archive.

Early Hammersmith Socialist Archive.

KELMSCOTT PRESS. HAMMERSMITH SOCIALIST SOCIETY. MORRIS, William. A remarkable small archive from the early days of British Socialism belonging to the Catterson-Smith family. Included is: 1) Original membership card of the Socialist League, Hammersmith Branch for Mrs Catterson Smith in 1899, signed by William Morris and Emery Walker as Branch Secretary and Treasurer and showing her subs paid in January, initialled by Walker. With a design by Morris printed in sanguine on card. 2) 8pp. pamphlet "Statement of Principles of the Hammersmith Socialist Society", published by the Society at Kelmscott House, dated 1890 and printed at the Cooperative Printing Society in Fleet Street. Rather spotted with fold where it must have gone into a pocket, sewn as issued, bit worn but a rare survival. 3) Nos 1 and 2 of the Hammersmith Socialist Library publications. 1) The Reward of Labour by William Morris pp.12 in the original stapled wrappers, very good, advertising the Society’s free Sunday lectures at Kelmscott House, 1892;; 2) What’s to Be Done? Agitate! Educate! Organise! by Andreas Scheu. Pp.12 in the original stapled wrappers, a little darkened and worn at the spine, 1892. 4) Kelmscott Press printed invitation for the Hammersmith Socialist Society for a lecture on Saturday, January 30th, 1892 at 8pm at Kelmscott House. Printed on the front of a 4 pp. folded piece of paper. 115 x 80 mms. Inside are pencil notes – apparently from the meeting. 5) ‘Useful Work versus Useless Toil’ by William Morris. Pp.20, pamphlet with design on upper cover, stapled as issued. Very good copy. Hammersmith Socialist Society, Kelmscott House, 1893. Two items around the killing of Alfred Linnell in Trafalgar Square on November 20th 1887. 6) ‘A Death Song by William Morris’ with a memorial design by Walter Crane. 8pp. in the form of one very large folded sheet 4to, with 4 pages of printed music, words by William Morris, Music by W. Lawson. Bit worn and with some soiling on the outside pages. Sold for the benefit of Linnell’s orphans, published by Richard Lambert, 1888. 7)’Discretion, but No Surrender! Trafalgar Square with plan and illustrations. History of the Movement and correspondence between Sir William Harcourt and the Metropolitan Board of Works on the right of Public Meeting in Open Spaces’. Pp.12. With advertisement for the meeting at Trafalgar Square on June 1888 "The People will keep their temper and regain their rights" to public meeting. Spotted and a bitl soiled on the outside leaves, stapled as issuedPrinted for The Democrat, 1888. 8) Flyer for Hammersmith Socialist Society Lectures on Sunday Evenings at Kelmscott House for January to March 1896 including Chas Mallet on Experiments on Living Animals and the New Slavery, May Morris on ‘Patient Grisel’ and William Morris on ‘One Socialist Party’. Also advertised are outdoor meetings on Sunday mornings at 11.30 at the foot of Hammersmith Bridge. Single broadside 220 x 141 mms. Spotted. 9) Broadside for the launching of the Independent Labour Party. 2pp. folded and on the inside a roneoed full spread membership form. In addition there are some notes by Catterson Smith about for cleaning up borders for Sigurd book for William Morris and the Venus Bough. Spotted. c. 1893. 10) Manuscript for an excellent speech on Socialism by Robert Catterson-Smith. 11pp. (incomplete, spotted with a little wear. It begins "For the benefit of those who are not socialists let me run over briefly our broad idea’. Robert Catterson-Smith was a great friend and colleague of William Morris. He was an artist, socialist and principal of the Birmingham School of Art and Director of Art Education there. He worked with William Morris on his books, tidying up his artwork and was particularly involved with Morris and Burne-Jones in the production of the Kelmscott Press Chaucer.
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Pastoral or Virtue Requited by H.H.M.

HUGHES-STANTON, Blair. H.H.M [Herbert Marks]. GEMINI PRESS. 4 full-page wood engravings by Blair Hughes-Stanton. One of 100 copies for subscribers, (no. 107), there were also 20 copies not for distribution. Printed by Blair Hughes Stanton on Pannekoek mould-made paper at The Gemini Press. 8vo., original brown cloth backed green paper covered boards, gilt lettering on spine and upper cover, fore and lower edges uncut, a very good copy with original tissue guards for illustrations. With a simple ink inscription on the front pastedown by Stephen Spender: "Best wishes from Stephen Jan ’55". I am afraid history doesn’t relate to whom it was inscribed. Booklabel of Furber. The second, and last, book from The Gemini Press which was set up by Blair Hughes-Stanton and Ida Graves with the backing of Robert Sainsbury. The poet and novelist Ida Graves was the mistress and later the second wife of Blair Hughes-Stanton with whom he had two children. The core idea of the press was to produce books in which the author and artist works in total collaboration. The first book they produced was ‘Epitahlamion’ which was Ida Graves’s poem illustrated with close attention to the text by Hughes-Stanton. ‘Pastoral’ was the second book which was by Ida Graves’s estranged husband Herbert Marks. The press also printed copies of the Gettysbury Address for Robert Sainsbury but it folded as The Depression took hold.