Title: Collects from the Book of Common Prayer.
Publisher: Caradoc Press, London
Publication Date: 1901
Book Condition: Very Good
Edition: 1st Edition
350 copies printed, (108) printed pages. Printed in black & red with wood-engraved borders, initials and decorations, on Batchelor's Kelmscott hand-made paper with silk ribbon marker. Ink inscription on front free end paper ("Kenneth Loveless F.S.A. Hoxton, 16.vi.1962"). 12 x 14 cm. Original full vellum, lettered in gold on backstrip & Press device in gold on upper cover , uncut pages, top edges gilt (a light overall patina from handling). Kenneth Loveless MBE (for services to Morris dancing), besides being an Honorary Rear-Admiral, President of the International Concertina Association, Squire of the Morris Ring of England, and County Commissioner for Boy Scouts, had the loudest voice in the Church of England. Holy Trinity, Hoxton, in London, consecrated in 1848, was very much a local congregation. All the people who came could walk to the church in five to ten minutes. Indeed, if any people from elsewhere on the "spiky" church circuit came, they were allowed three Sundays, after which Loveless said: "It has been good to see you. Now you will return to your parish church, where you are needed." Loveless was Benjamin Britten's inspiration for the Voice of God and performed the part for the production at All Saints Church, East Finchley in April 1959 - a community project which was much closer to Britten's original intention for the production of the work than the professional premiere the previous year at the Aldeburgh Festival. The initials and ornaments designed and cut on wood, printed and bound by H D and H G Webb -a Caradoc press book. Harry Webb was a landscape and architectural painter, etcher and wood engraver, who exhibited at the Royal Academy several times. Heska Dora Webb and her husband Harry George Webb founded the Caradoc Press (named after a hill near Heska's Shropshire birthplace) in December 1899, at their home in Priory Gardens, Bedford Park, Chiswick, West London, where they had lived from about the time of their marriage in 1889. In establishing a private press, they were among a small band of amateur printers who were inspired by the example of William Morris and his Kelmscott Press & produced 20 books and two volumes of the art magazine The Acorn. They executed all the printing and wood engraving themselves, usually in red and black inks on hand-made paper. They intended to re-open after the Great War in which he served and were cutting wood engravings for a book on Provence, but this never happened & the Caradoc Press only ran from 1899-1909. Tomkinson 4. WorldCat locates 4 copies in the UK and 36 elsewhere. Scarce, probably due to poor sales rather than edition size. Seller Inventory # 5160