Saturday, November 30, 2013

An Anthology in Calligraphy by John C Tarr

John C Tarr wrote and edited books on calligraphy, printing, illustration and handwriting. Those publications span the 1940s o the 70s but apart from that there is little online to tell me much about him. For the last little while I've been working on putting together a collection of "Unique Books", that is, books that are written by hand, or assembled in some way. One of the problems of such books sometimes, is that handwriting can be a little impenetrable. Not, of course in this instance. An 'Anthology in Prose and Verse' by John C Tarr, "For Paul" and dated 1961. It's a great selection which includes everything from aphorisms and quotes by Wilde, Norman Douglas, D. H. Lawrence and Gaugin to ribald doggerel by Tarr himself, all beautifully written over 71 pages of a card covered book of blank paper.
 
 




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