An Afternoon in the Country - The Fine Books of Phillip J. Pirages - Saturday, May 14, 2011

  • Invitation

  • This afternoon in May in the Pirages library was an amazing journey into fine press books. Mr. Pirages had assembled seventeen remarkable examples which were representative of his collection.

    One example of the significant works presented was a first edition of Lady Chatterley's lover by D.H. Lawrence published in 1928 in Florence and signed by the author. This edition had the original publisher’s mulberry colored paper boards with a black eagle on the cover, edges were untrimmed and unopened in its original plain cream colored jacket.

    Lady Chatterly's Lover

    A second example was a book entitled Lyrics of the Heart by Alaric Watts published in London in 1851. This book was a first edition with a superb late 19th century all of brown crushed morocco gilt and onlaid cover. The guilt edges had been elaborately gauffered with deep gouging and fore-edge painting by Fazakerley. The fore-edge vignettes of which there were three were visible when the book is closed as well as when the pages were opened.

    Lyrics of the Heart

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  • Phillip J. Pirages Fine Books and Medieval Manuscripts