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Title Men and women volume one
Collection Crafts Study Centre
Calligrapher Edward Johnston
Description Proof copy of Doves Press Browning, heavily annotated with details of the work, and with extensive trials for the flourishes. On Doves handmade paper, watermarked 1902. [viii blank] + 208 + [viii blank] pages, stitched onto bands. Printed in black and red inks in the Doves type, with pen-flourishes and decoration in green, red and blue, and notes and annotations in ink and pencil.
Part Of Series Doves Press Browning
Id Number Current Accession C.86.119.1
Subject calligraphy, proof, book
Measurements 23.6 x 16.6 centimetres
Material ink on handmade paper
Other Materials pencil
Ink black, red, green
History Robert Browning (1812-89), Men & Women
The Doves Press, June 1908

Proof copy for book. Flourishes in printed book. Written between 30 January and late July 1908, in the Doves Press edition of Browning's Men & Women, of which 250 copies on paper and 10 on vellum were published in June 1908. The second volume was published six months later, in December, also with rubrications by Johnston. A record of Johnston's work on the project, to 11 March, appears in his account book, also in his diary. The project is first mentioned on 30 January, ‘lunch at River House flourishing', and on 14 February Johnston ‘began flourishes'. It appears that in February 1908 Johnston estimated the cost of his work ; 15 guineas, ‘by copying original + 5 other folded sheets for showing general effect'. On 23 February he and his wife,

'Lunched at River House, took flourished book not quite satisfactory. Mr C.S. walked back with me, said he would let me have more blanks on Monday, not to worry or hurry'.
The many other entries in Johnston's diary, account book, and on the preliminary pages of the proof copy are, on the whole, records of time spent on each quire, including various efforts to mix the brilliant greens and blues used in the rubrication.'
Rights Owner Andrew and Angela Johnston/Crafts Study Centre 2004
Style Period Period 1910s
Technique printing



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