Robert Bruna Exhibition Description
Case 1: Exhibition Introduction
THE STANBROOK ABBEY PRESS: NINETY-TWO YEARS OF ITS HISTORY
by Dame Hildelith Cumming and illustrated by Sister Laurentia Fullmer. 1970.
Machine set in Monotype Spectrum. 1500 copies printed. Bound by George Percival. Copy Number 13 of 50 special edition copies. Deluxe edition in slip case. Vol. I bound in full leather. Vol. II, with printing specimens from 1877-1969, bound in quarter leather with Japanese paper sides. Signed by Dame Hildelith Cumming.
THE STANBROOK ABBEY PRESS: 1956-1990
by David Butcher, 1992
A nun, printer and musician helped influence the works printed by the press. The separate personalities were combined in one influential person, Dame Hildelith Cumming. Her work with the press is covered during these years and how it shaped the press is described in this tome.
Case 2: Stanbrook Abbey Press Publications
THE ADDRESSES OF HER MAJESTY QUEEN ELIZABETH II: DELIVERED AT WESTMINISTER HALL AND GUILD HALL ON THE OCCASION OF HER SILVER JUBILEE, 1952-1977
Designed typographically by Dame Hildelith Cumming and Stanbrook Abbey Press and published by Achille St. J. Onge, Worcester, Massachusetts. Set in Perpetua type and printed on Crown and Sceptre paper. 1000 copies. Bound by Weatherby Woolnough, planned by Sidney M. Cockerell with drawings by Joan Tebbutt. One special copy illuminated by Margaret Adams for presentation to Her Majesty the Queen. This book is the only miniature book produced by the Press. The text is the Queen’s reply to addresses from both Houses of Parliament on May 4, 1977 and her address at Guild Hall in London, June 7, 1977.
THE CUCKOO CLOCK AND OTHER POEMS
by Shane Leslie, with illustrations by Iris Leslie, 1987
A collection of 36 poems edited, designed and illustrated by Lady Leslie and produced under the supervision of the Stanbrook Abbey Printer. Set in Jan van Krimpen’s Monotype Spectrum by Solo-Type, Upton-upon-Severn, on handmade paper by Tilley Printing, Ledbury. Line-block reproductions of hand-lettering and drawings by Iris Leslie and signature by Shane Leslie.
HOW JOHN HOE FOUND A NEW FARM
by Alice Berry-Hart, drawn by M.R. Caird, 1967
Monochrome woodcuts are featured throughout this book that depicts the progression of the storyline.
MAGI VENERUNT (THERE CAME THREE WISE MEN)
by St. Ambrose of Milan, 1959
Latin and English text. Hand-set in Monotype Spectrum with stencil decorations by Dame Anne Field. Printed on dry Millbourne cream wove handmade paper. Millbourne endpapers. Half-bound in Clarendon brown cloth with Natsume Japanese paper panels. 60 copies. This book was made special as a “out of series” print.
Case 3: Stanbrook Abbey Press Publications
SOMETHING ABOUT MYSELF
by Siegfried Sassoon, 1966
First completely calligraphic book from the Press. Written and illustrated by Margaret Adams. Line block reproductions made by Siviter Smith Ltd. Printed in black, brown, and turquoise on damp Millbourne Lexpar. Barcham Green white wove handmade paper covers. About 400 copies. This copy is specially bound for Robert Bruna. The text is an autobiography of a kitten written by Sassoon when he was eleven years old and dedicated to his mother. Includes Margaret Adams’ calligraphic draft of book and printer’s proof sheet.
MOODS THAT ENDURE
by A. Samaan-Hanna, S.J., 1978
Poems hand-set in Cancelleresca Bastarda. 340 copies printed. The upright book is number 55 of 90 numbered copies quarter-bound by George Percival in parchment with Batik Thai silk sides by Margret Hallmark.
The open book is 1 of 140 copies on Kakumidare paper from Tokyo and bound in Japanese boards.
THE MOTHER’S BIRDS: IMAGES FOR A DEATH AND BIRTH
by Meinrad Craighead, 1976
In celebration of the centenary of the Press, 30 copies of this book were produced. The text was handset in Spectrum of which this copy is 29. It is signed by the author on November 25, 1976 and Dame Hildelith Cumming.
Case 4: More Stanbrook Abbey Press Publications
Translated by Richard Wilbur from Philippe de Thuan’s 12th Century Anglo-Norman Bestiary, 1963
Hand-set in Cancelleresca Bastarda. Initials by Margaret Adams. Bound in Japanese paper. Commissioned by Philip Hofer of the Houghton Library at Harvard University. Printed on damped W.S. Hodgkinson white woven handmade paper. Two colored hand-drawn flourished initials and pelican device by Margaret Adams. 450 copies.
THE PATH TO PEACE
Selected Poems by Siegfried Sassoon, 1960
Copy number 406 on W.S.H. handmade paper, quarter-bound in vellum with gold on blue Parisian marbled paper-covered boards. W. S. Hodgkinson endpapers. Contains 28 poems written by Siegfried Sassoon between 1909 and 1960. Hand-set in Jan van Krimpen's Romulus Cancelleresca Bastarda. Printed during September and October 1960. Bound by George Percival and Rigby Graham in an edition of 500 copies. Gilded by Margaret Adams.
“QUESTION THE BEAUTY”
Initial gilding and illustrated by Margaret Adams. Printed by the Stanbrook Abbey Press. Framed by Robert Bruna.
Case also includes various calligraphic items by Margaret Adams.
Case 5: Dame Hildelith Cumming
Hand-set in Monotype Spectrum and printed on damp Millbourn Lexpar white wove handmade paper. Music notes drawn in by hand. Each copy bound as it was ordered. This one is bound in half red morocco with white parchment panels.
By Dom Victor Le Jeune, 1958
The first book designed by Dame Hildelith Cumming.
VARIOUS CATALOGS, BOOK AND PRICE LISTS
from the Stanbrook Abbey Press, 1959-1976
Case 6: Margaret Adams’ Illuminations
THE INTERIOR CASTLE
by Katherine Kendall, 1968
A poem hand-set in Cancelleresca Bastarda with initials hand lettered by Margaret Alexander. 350 copies. Bound at Stanbrook, with gold blocking by George Percival. This is one of 40 copies bound in silk from Liberty & Co. Ltd with one burnished gold initial and two in color.
IN THE LITTLE THINGS: AN ACT OF WORSHIP FOR RADIO
by Alec Robertson, with a tribute by Gerald Moore, 1969
Text was originally the script for the radio program broadcast on Sunday, January 2, 1966. Hand-set in Jan van Krimpen's Romanee. Printed on kozu-shi Japanese handmade paper. Line block reproductions of devices printed in orange and the headpieces printed in green by Margaret Adams. Copy number 203 of 300, bound in Japanese Shiki silk with Kinwashi endpapers by George Percival. Inscribed by Father Alec Robertson: "With best wishes to Doctor Robert Bruna." Published for the author's 77th birthday, 3 June 1969. Dedicated to Sister Hildelith Cumming.
Calligraphy and illuminations by Margaret Adams on 12” by 18” vellum
Case also includes various calligraphic items by Margaret Adams.
Case 7: Calligraphic Items done by Margaret Adams and Commissioned by Robert Bruna
THE FIRST EPISTLE OF JOHN
Hand-calligraphy and illustrations by Margaret Adams, no date
ODE ON A GRECIAN URN
Text by John Keats, with hand-calligraphy and illustrations by Margaret Adams, 1970
In 1968, Robert Bruna toured Greece. He contacted Adams to help commemorate the memorable visit and this tome was produced for him in 1970.
THE BOOK OF JONAH
Hand-calligraphy and illustrations by Margaret Adams, 1975
Bound by Elizabeth Greenhill of London, 1977. Also includes draft manuscript of book and framed artwork of the whale done by Margaret Adams.