DRYDEN, John. Songs & Poems of John Dryden. Selected, edited and introduced by Gwyn Jones. Golden Cockerel Press. 1957.
Folio, original red and green full morocco by Sangorski and Sutcliffe, spine lettered in gilt, boards with decorative gilt blocks; with collotype reproductions of 8 water-colour paintings by Lavinia Blythe [pseud. Leslie Blanche], and 11 pencil drawings. Spine slightly sunned, some offsetting from slipcase onto folder containing extra suite of plates otherwise a very copy in original cloth slipcase.
Limited edition of 500 copies, this one of 100 specially bound with a second suite of the 8 pictures and 8 of the drawings.
"Dryden, I felt, merited a Golden Cockerel edition, and a glorious one. So I printed this selection from his prodigious output on a large page, in Eric Gill's 18-point Golden Cockerel type, leaded to lighten the effects of its very full body. At first I wondered where I couls find suitably grand illustrations, but suddenly remembered that before the war I had seen at Constable's a fascinating set of water-colours by Leslie Blanche…And so in due course it was finished and was for me a most satisfying book, maybe my best, and one I would be happy to be remembered by" (Christopher Sandford in Cook-a Hoop No. 206).
John Dryden was an English poet, literary critic, translator, and playwright who was made England's first Poet Laureate in 1668
From the library of Thomas Yoseloff, the last owner of the Golden Cockerel Press, by family descent, but with no ownership markings.