Author: Bruce Rogers. Carl Purlington Rollins
Publisher: New York, printed by Richard W. Ellis, The Georgian Press, 1927
First edition. One of 500 numbered copies designed and done into print by Richard W. Ellis. Ellis’s own copy, unnumbered and unopened. Supplied in an envelope with manuscript note “Richard Ellis Personal”. With two pencil drawings by Richard Ellis’s father, John Hicks Ellis (J.H.E), and a manuscript poem by E.G.E. (Ellis’s wife Esther).
8vo., original illustrated boards, printed paper label. Very fine copy. In original glassine. Glassine with pencil note on front “Drawings of J.H.E” presumably in Richard Ellis’s hand.
Richard Williamson Ellis, born in 1895, was a successful book designer and printer. After being introduced to and inspired by the acclaimed typographer, Bruce Rogers, Ellis went on to launch his own press in 1924, calling it the Georgian Press. Initially locating it in New York, Ellis moved in 1927 to a renovated barn in Westport, Connecticut, where he stayed until 1933. Although some of the books carried his own imprint, Ellis printed the majority of projects produced at the Georgian Press for publishers and private collectors. When forced to sell the Georgian Press due to financial difficulties, Ellis sold it to George Macy, founder of the Limited Editions Club.