An Alphabet

A 1975 facsimile edition of William Nicholson's 26 woodcuts


William Nicholson


William Heinemann, London, 1975
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Printing Details

First thus. Hardback in dustwrapper. 31 × 23.5cm, unpaginated.

William Nicholson's An Alphabet was first published in 1898, and contains 26 woodcuts with restrained, muted colouring. The books consists of the letters of the alphabets with lithographs based on the original woodcut portraits of characters like: a dandy, a publican, a quaker, an urchin, a lady, etc. The first one, A for Artist is a self-portrait, and B for Beggar depicts James Pryde, Nicholson's brother-in-law (a reference to a the Beggarstaff Brothers which was Nicholson and Pryde developing a new type of poster art). Also included is a leaflet for the Goldmark Gallery 2008 leaflet for the sale of the original lithographs.


The book itself is in good plus condition but with bumping to the lower corners and a little tanning / dusting to the page edges. The prints are in very good condition. The dustwrapper is fairly poor, with tears, rips and bumps.



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