London: London College of Printing and Goldsmith's College, 1978. First Edition. 1/4 cloth. Translated by Ronald Knox.  blank, pp,  blank, mustard coloured paper covered boards, cloth spine, paper label on spine, speckled endpapers. Printed in 18pt Bembo type with 60pt. initials. Sixteen lithograph illustrations printed at Goldsmith's College by Margaret Lock. Thirty copies and two artist's proofs were printed on Barcham Green's Hayle white handmade (14) and Arches Velin Blanc (18) paper. This is one of the latter numbered and signed by Lock at the colophon (no.26 of 30).
The boards are lightly foxed along the fore edges. Occasional foxmark. Small stain on the third blank leaf before the printed pages. Very good. Item #462
This is Margaret Lock's first book, produced while she was a student at Goldsmith's College, University of London (1977-78). It is credited with being the book that led to the founding of Locks' Press, a private press established in 1978 by Margaret and Fred Lock. Lock's Press is a unique partnership pairing the literary imagination of Fred with the artistic imagination of Margaret. "Lock's Press is known for fine printing, quirky illustrations, and its eclectic choice of often obscure texts." (Margaret Lock, "Lock's Press, the private press of Fred and Margaret Lock, Kingston Ontario: a personal narrative") . The first seven books in the Locks' Press bibliography were produced in Brisbane before the couple relocated to Canada in 1987.