8vo (257 x 158mm), pp. 112; wood-engraved title-border and press device by and after Mark Severin, wood-engraved illustrations in the text by and after Robert Gibbings, Reynolds Stone, John Buckland-Wright, Dorothea Braby, David Jones, Eric Ravilious, et al.; original quarter chestnut crushed morocco over cockerel-patterned buckram, spine lettered and ruled in gilt, top edges gilt, others uncut; minimal traces of rubbing on corners, otherwise a fine copy.
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First edition, no. 232 of 250 specially-bound copies signed by Sandford. Cockalorum was the third of the four bibliographies of its publications that the Golden Cockerel Press issued, and it spans the period between June 1943 and December 1948. During this time, as Sandford records in his foreword, his partner Owen Rutter died ‘from exhaustion at the Admiralty’, and the destruction of the Press’ premises during the Blitz led Sandford to establish an office in Sangorski and Sutcliffe’s bindery, at the invitation of Stanley Bray. He concludes with the statement that, though threats of war continued to rumble on, ‘[e]ven in the fox’s mouth, Cockalorum will continue to crow’ (p. 11). The catalogue of publications is followed by three articles by Sandford on artists who worked for the press – Dorothea Braby, John Buckland-Wright, and Clifford Webb – and memorials of Eric Ravilious (d. 1943) by Sandford, Ravilious’ widow, and one of his pupils. The volume concludes with two addresses on printing by Sandford, which he had given to university students.
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