(Mason, John H.)

Cupid & Psyche.

Gribble, Vivien (illus.)

London: J.H. Mason, 1935. Quarto. 42pp. One of 130 copies. Translated and privately printed by J.H. Mason, who conceived of this volume shortly after he began working as compositor for the Doves Press around 1900. It marks the only title he published under his own name. Mason commissioned Vivien Gribble, who had studied under him at the London Central School, to create the twelve elegantly classical woodcuts in 1916. The book therefore had a rather long gestation, evidenced by the second title page bearing a 1928 date - which, according to the colophon, was when Mason completed his translation of Apuleius's text. Mason also bound copies in gilt-decorated Linson vellum, which show some toning in the present example. Near fine overall. Item #31724

(See Owens, L.T. John Mason 1875-1951 Scholar-Printer, pp. 153-155).

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