Newtown, Powys: Gwasg Gregynog, 1993. First Edition. Leather bound. Limited Edition of 400 copies, this being one of twenty copies sold as sheets and privately bound by Pacific Northwest bookbinder, Derek Lowe. Tall 8vo. 150,  pp. Title page, illustrations in red & black by Quentin Blake, Hans-Joachim Burgert, Michael Harvey, Lilly Lee, Hans Schmidt, Maurice Sendak and Posy Simmonds. Designed by John Ryder; printed by David Vickers at Gregynog on Zerkall mould-made paper. Foreword by Jan Morris. Bound in a striking full black morocco with red leather design on front& rear covers; red title label on spine; marbled endpapers; housed in dark blue cloth felt-lined slipcase with black morocco along opening & ends; red silk ribbon. A fine copy. Item #18775
John Ryder was one of the foremost British book designers of the late 20th century, a man whose long professional career was dedicated to typographical excellence and the virtues of legibility and the well-made book. He believed passionately that the way in which we read a book, the way in which the eye falls upon the printed page, can radically influence our understanding and enjoyment. His credo as a book designer was summed up in the last of his nine books, the beautifully produced' Intimate Leaves from a Designer's Notebook', in which he expounded his concept of "visual editing" and reflected on the many functions of the designer of words. In her introduction, Jan Morris wrote: "He can gauge exquisitely the effect of congeniality in letterforms or an excess of spacing, he is passionately interested in the relationship between the meaning of words and the look of them, and he demonstrates that the making of the book is really a joint work of creation, achieved in collaboration between its author, its illustrator, its de signer, its binder - and, in a sense, its reader."