The Great Western Collection The Guild of Railway Artists (Blandford Press, 1985) Leather Signed Limited Edition in Wooden Box
The Great Western Collection – The Guild of Railway Artists
an explanation by Brian Hollingsworth
Blandford Press, 1st edition 1985
A leather bound limited edition in a wooden box, with each illustration signed by the artist. This being number 23 of 25 copies only.
The accompanying brochure pictures a more quality wooden box however I believe this particular box to be as originally supplied with this copy. I surmise the original price tag of £350 ensured that copies took a long time to sell out and by the time this copy was sold any old box would do… Nevertheless, these signed copies are rare now and I can find no recent record of any being available for sale in whichever box.
Hardback – full leather binding with gilt title to spine, page-block with all edges gilt, ribbon page marker sewn-in, and all housed in a wooden box. 1-32pp, 60 colour plates, 153-160pp. 10.5 x 12 inches approx. (265mm x 310mm).
Slight knock to tail of spine; endpapers a little dusty/grubby; some offsetting to margins of endpapers and neighbouring pages; some occasional cockling to page margins throughout; unsurprisingly smells a little musty being stored in the box for over thirty years. Accompanying brochures foxed and musty.
Artists are: Peter Annable, Eric Bottomley, Terence Cuneo, Norman Elford, Alan Fearnley, G. P. M. (Peter) Green, Paul Gribble, Alan Gunston, Lawrence Hammonds, A. P. Harris, Philip Hawkins, S. C. Hine, Ellis James-Robertson, Peter Owen Jones, W. Knox, D. G. Lewis, Mrs M S Murray-Whatley, Jim Petrie, Lawrence Roche, Malcolm Root, Roy Schofield, M. A. Turner, B. Walding, J. E. Wigston.
Overall, showing light wear commensurate with age and storage but otherwise a nice, clean copy.