N.p. St. Dominic's Press, n.d. Three cards, each 12mo (7¼" X 4½"), (4pp, single leaf once folded). Wood engravings. Fine. Item #48580
Famed English printer/poet Hilary Douglas Clark Pepler (1878-1951), who co-founded the Catholic craftsmen organization The Guild of St. Joseph and St. Dominic at Ditchling in Sussex along with Eric Gill and others in 1920, founded St. Dominic's Press in 1916 to publish books furthering his craftsman interests. In 1930 they issued a series of numbered Christmas cards, undated, of which these are three examples. Each bear a printed "With Christmas Greetings from" front wrapper text, while the second page bears a wood engraving from noted engravers and the facing third page a printed text. Number 2 features an engraving by David Jones (1895-1974) and facing it the poem "The Burning Babe" by English poet and priest Robert Southwell (1561-95). Number 3 features a small circular engraving by Philip Hagreen (1890-1988) and facing it a Mozarabic Breviary text that opens with "to=day, has risen the Light of the world...." Number five features a small engraving by Mary Dudley Short (1895-1986) and facing it lines from an "Old Carol" that begins "There is no rose of such virtue...." A trio of lovely and quite scarce productions from the legendary fine press.