[ilds] Durrell Bibliographical Query

William Godshalk william.godshalk at gmail.com
Sun Feb 13 10:47:30 PST 2011


Yes, there seems to be a retrorestorer (Wythe)who does Durrell dust jackets.
What djs are being restored?

Bill

On Wed, Sep 15, 2010 at 8:58 PM, Charles Sligh <Charles-Sligh at utc.edu>wrote:

>  On 9/15/10 7:29 PM, Bruce Redwine wrote:
>
> Yes.  The correct phrases read:
>
>  1.  with a writer of quite unusual distinction.
>
>  2.  it embodies "memories of this pure sunlight,"
>
>  3.  "in idle friendship and humour"
>
>
>  Thanks, Bruce.
>
> Are those from a *Justine* Faber 1.2?  What is your source?
>
> I am recalling Mr. Wythe's query:
>
>  I am the founder of the ReproJackets project to create a repository of
> digitally-restored dustjackets of collectible books (www.reprojackets.com)
> and am in the process of restoring that of the UK 1st edition of *Justine*(2
> nd impression).
>
>  That is to say, if Mr. Wythe's intention is "fidelity" in facsimile, the
> source of the text matters.  As you can imagine, variants occur throughout
> jacket issues.
>
> On the one hand, what matters here is not fidelity to Harold Nicolson's
> words but rather an accurate transcription of the Faber *Justine* 1.2
> jacket, with all of its lovely particularities and peculiarities.
>
> On the other hand, the rationale and the method for the facsimile project
> seem rife with problems.  Why not obtain a more intact example form which to
> scan a facsimile?  What will Mr. Wythe be doing to patch up the holes in his
> jacket -- inserting his own text into a scan of the jacket?  Oh dear.
>
> This is not to say that there will not be some sort of market for Mr.
> Wythe's work. If the things are affordable, one could do worse for wall
> decoration.
>
> Anyone attending book fairs in London will have anecdotes about how some
> Faber jackets fetch higher prices than the books to which they were
> originally wed.
>
> I appreciate the fact that attention is finally being given to some the
> best Design Art of the 20th century.  The Faber house style from the 1950s
> and 1960s is on par with the Blue Note record label house style during the
> comparable years.   But respect for such "ephemera" has been a long time
> coming.
>
>   The British Library is committed to collecting every British
> publication, but from the 1920s until 1955 library staff removed all dust
> jackets from newly-acquired books. A selection of these dust jackets, mainly
> chosen from those bearing illustrations or designs of interest, was kept
> separately from the books from which they were taken. These dust jackets are
> held by the V&A on loan where they can be viewed by appointment<http://www.vam.ac.uk/collections/prints_books/features/Dust%20Jackets/index.html#viewing_dust_jackets>in the Blythe House Reading Room.
>
> From 1956 to 1991 the British Library removed and retained all British dust
> jackets as well as some from foreign language volumes. A selection of these
> is held by the V&A, a collection that  totals more than 11,000 items. Whilst
> the majority of these are taken from British publications, dust jackets from
> a variety of countries can be found in the collection, including Europe, the
> USA, Australia, New Zealand, South America, India, Japan and Russia.
>
>
> British Library Dust Jackets at the V&A
>
> http://www.vam.ac.uk/collections/prints_books/features/Dust%20Jackets/index.html
>
> BRITISH LIBRARY DUST JACKETS AT THE V&A
>
> http://www.vam.ac.uk/collections/prints_books/features/Dust%20Jackets/looking_collection/index.html
>
>  LOOKING AT THE COLLECTION
> Faber & Faber
>
> http://www.vam.ac.uk/collections/prints_books/features/Dust%20Jackets/looking_collection/Faber_Faber/index.html
>
>
> --
> ********************************************
> Charles L. Sligh
> Assistant Professor
> Department of English
> University of Tennessee at Chattanoogacharles-sligh at utc.edu
> ********************************************
>
>
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