The Form of Consecration of St. George's – D.B. Updike/Merrymount


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For your consideration, The Form of Consecration of St. George's Chapel April 22, 1928

Designed by D. B. Updike and printed at his Merrymount Press. Set and printed in Original Janson in two colors. Updike, the frugal Bostonian chose to pirate matrices by the process of electrodeposition for the Janson from single fonts purchased from the originator, Schriftgießerei D. Stempel of Frankfurt am Main. In light of the next book to be printed at the press in Janson, this uncharacteristically unethical decision can be understood in the context of a calculated business decision.

John Kristensen who currently owns Updike's Janson mats suggests that this book was Updike's trail run at designing and setting the monumental Book of Common prayer of the same year. In light of the vast quantities of type necessary to print the prayer book, one can understand the exercise Updike engaged in with this modest production which stylistically leads in a direct line to the BoCP.

The Book of Common Prayer is scarce and expensive. This little book has all the qualities in a smaller size and price point.

Bound in a polished rust colored cloth, and gilt stamped front, spine, and back with all edges gilt.

This copy, one of 600, is fine save the previous owner, Edward Taber Pierce's bookplate on the front paste down, and a single water droplet stain on the spine. If you were to put a number on it, this copy is a 9 out of 10.

Compare it with the few other copies on line, then come back and place your order knowing that you're supporting a working letterpress craftsman.

As always, excess postage is promptly refunded.


Regarding the previous owner:

Your patronage allows me to continue to practice the letterpress craft using traditional methods.

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