History of the Eragny Press 1894-1914
Author: Marcella D. Genz
Publisher/Date: Oak Knoll Press and the British Library, New Castle, DE and London, UK. 2004 t.p. (c. 2004) First Edition, stated.
Format/Condition: Brown cloth hardcover book with dust jacket in Fine condition. Binding good; textblock solid; pages clean. 240 pages, bibliography, index; 8.4 x 10.8 inches. Illustrated in black-and-white.
Description: In 1894, inspired by the example of William Morris's founding of the Kelmscott Press, Lucien Pissarro established the Eragny Press, named after the Normandy village where his family lived. This volume is an exceptionally well-researched account of the Eragny Press and offers a complete account and reassessment of the working practices of the press, as well as the impact it had on Pissarro's own work and the publishing industry as a whole.
The book begins with a brief survey of Lucien Pissarro's early career and the influences on his book designs and proceeds to tell the story of his association with Charles Ricketts and the establishment of the Eragny Press. Eragny Press books were promoted and sold in England, the Continent, and the United States. The history of the Eragny Press includes a discussion of the influences and artistic theories that are the basis for Pissarro's books and provides a critical reassessment of their significance within the history of the English Arts and Crafts Private Press movement.
The work features a detailed descriptive bibliography of all the Eragny Press publications. There are more than 75 illustrations of rare Eragny wood engravings and Eragny designs. This important book is for anyone interested in the history of printing, the Arts and Crafts movement, Impressionism, private presses, the art of wood engraving, and illustrated and fine books.