PROSPERO POETS. CLARION PUBLISHING.
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Books by Simon Armitage, Wendy Cope, Roger McGough, Craig Raine, Matthew Sweeney and U.A. Fanthorpe. Six volumes in total, each of which has been inscribed to Gary Prouk by the publisher, Trevor Weston. Prouk was a noted Canadian philanthropist and collector of Press books, and as a subscriber or otherwise, a likely a patron of the Prospero Poets series. Whether because Prouk favoured it, because Clarion had a rigorous system in place for assigning specific copies to subscribers, or, most likely, because the six volumes were issued as a uniformly numbered set, each book in the series is numbered 14. Together with a collection of other Clarion material, including prints, small broadsides, and promotional items, all held loose in a collector’s Solander box. The box is backed and sided in light brown cloth, with printed title label to the spine, and marbled paper covers. There is a tear to the cloth at the bottom of the box’s upper outer joint, else all material is Fine.

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[PROSPERO POETS] ARMITAGE, Simon (Valerii Mishim, illus.). The Anaesthetist.
Neatham Mill, Holybourn, Alton, Hampshire: Clarion Publishing [printed by the Didcot Press], 1994. Octavo. Bound in original pictorial violet paper covered boards, with titled upper cover. Unpaginated [14pp. + 2 blanks]. A Fine copy. Set in Futura type and printed on Italian Rivoli paper. Illustrated with four lithographs by Valerii Mishim. The present copy is one of 99 copies signed by Armitage and Mishim on the colophon page, this being number 14. From a total edition of 499 copies. This copy has been inscribed by the publisher, Trevor Weston, below the colophon: ‘and is for Gary Prouk. T.W.’.

[PROSPERO POETS] McGOUGH, Roger (Annie Newnham, illus.). Pen Pals.
Neatham Mill, Holybourn, Alton, Hampshire: Clarion Publishing [printed by The Senecio Press], 1994. Octavo. Bound in original orange paper covered boards, with pictorial title label pasted to the upper cover, and illustrated panel pasted to the lower cover, both on paper matching the covering paper. Unpaginated [16pp.]. A Fine copy. Printed on Italian Rivoli paper. Illustrated with drawings by Annie Newnham. The present copy is one of 149 numbered copies signed by McGough and Newnham, this being number 14. From a total edition of 549. This copy has been inscribed by the publisher, Trevor Weston, below the colophon: ‘and is Gary Prouk’s copy. T.W.’.

[PROSPERO POETS] SWEENEY, Matthew (John Ross, illus.). The Blue Taps.
Neatham Mill, Holybourn, Alton, Hampshire: Clarion Publishing [printed by Q & M Graphics], 1994. Octavo. Bound in original pictorial grey paper covered boards, with titled upper cover. Unpaginated [16pp.]. A Fine copy. Printed on English Palazzo Castile Ivory paper. Illustrated with lithographs by John Ross. The present copy is one of 149 numbered copies signed by Sweeney and Ross, this being number 14. From a total edition of 499 copies. This copy has been inscribed by the publisher, Trevor Weston, below the colophon: ‘and is for Gary Prouk. T.W.’.

[PROSPERO POETS] FANTHORPE, U.A. (Simon Brett, illus.). Painter & Poet.
Neatham Mill, Holybourn, Alton, Hampshire: Clarion Publishing [printed by the Libanus Press], 1994. Octavo. Bound in original camel paper covered boards, with pictorial titled upper cover. Unpaginated [16pp.]. A Fine Copy. Set in Fournier type and printed on Zerkell mould-made paper. Illustrated with three wood-engravings by Simon Brett, and a wood-engraved colophon device by Peter Forster, printed from the blocks. The present copy is one of 99 numbered copies signed by Fanthorpe and Brett, this being number 14. From a total edition of 499 copies. This copy has been inscribed by the publisher, Trevor Weston, below the colophon: ‘for Gary Prouk. T.W.’.

[PROSPERO POETS] RAINE, Craig (George Hardie, illus.). Change.
Neatham Mill, Holybourn, Alton, Hampshire: Clarion Publishing [printed by The Aldgate Press], 1995. Octavo. Bound in original decorated cream paper covered boards, with titled upper cover. Unpaginated [16pp.]. There is a very faint 4cm. horizontal line to the lower left of the upper cover, which may have resulted from a scratch or an imperfection in the paper, else a Fine copy. Printed on Bockingford white paper. Illustrated with lithographs by George Hardie. The present copy is one of 149 numbered copies signed by Raine and Hardie, this being number 14. From a total edition of 449 copies. This copy has been inscribed by the publisher, Trevor Weston, below the colophon: ‘and is for Gary Prouk. T.W.’.

[PROSPERO POETS] COPE, Wendy. (John Vernon Lord, illus.). The Squirrel & the Crow.
Neatham Mill, Holybourn, Alton, Hampshire: Clarion Publishing [printed by the Didcot Press], 1994. Octavo. Bound in original green paper covered boards, with pictorial titled upper cover. Unpaginated [16pp.]. A Fine Copy. Set in Palatino type and printed on Zerkell mould-made paper. Illustrated with line drawings, including six mandala devices, by John Vernon Lord. The present copy is one of 99 numbered copies signed by Cope and Lord, this being number 14. From a total edition of 499 copies. This copy has been inscribed by the publisher, Trevor Weston, below the colophon: ‘and is for Gary Prouk. T.W.’. Item #81

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