Flansham: Pear Tree Press, 1930. First edition. Twelvemo, deckle-edged, handmade paper with watermark, uncut and unbound sheets in two sections each measuring 8 1/2 x 18 inches, each folded to measure 6 x 4 1/2 inches. Housed in a custom clamshell box. Fine. Item #573
THE JOYFUL MYSTERIES, THE SORROWFUL MYSTERIES, THE GLORIOUS MYSTERIES Limited first edition of this illustrated Rosary—a rare set of pristine uncut and unbound sheets—featuring fifteen miniature woodcuts by Gabriel Pippet depicting the mysteries of the Holy Rosary. Gabriel Pippet was an artist and illustrator; early in his career he worked at Hare Street House on two children's books with Monsignor Robert Hugh Benson. But Pippet's greatest collaborator was James Guthrie, a Scottish-born engraver and printer with a distinct Anglo-Catholic sensibility who had begun producing hand-made books in emulation of William Blake around the turn of the century. A Little Rosary was published by Guthrie’s Pear Tree Press, evidently as part of a limited edition of no more than 200 copies. "This is A Little Rosary of woodcuts by Gabriel Pippet, here hand-printed at Flansham, near to Bognor Regis, Sussex. Finished in October Anno Domini 1930." The two gatherings of sheets were printed in dark and bold impressions, with letterpress title-page, headings, captions and colophon all printed in bright purple ink. The gatherings were never separated, collated, and bound. An immaculate copy.