Barry Moser’s Favorite Pennyroyal Book
MOSER, Barry. SHELLEY, Mary Wollstonecraft. Frankenstein; or, The Modern Prometheus. West Hatfield: Printed by Harold McGrath at Pennyroyal , 1983.
Limited to 350 numbered copies, signed by the artist, this being number 99. With an additional suite of the wood engravings, each signed in pencil by the artist. Folio (13 1/2 x 9 15/16 inches; 341 x 253 mm.). xvi, 282, [2, blank], [1, colophon], [3, blank] pp. Fifty-two wood-engravings by Barry Moser printed in several colors. Printed in Poliphilus and Blado with Wilhelm Klingsporschrift on Pulegium archival paper manufactured by the Strathmore Paper Company, Woronoco, Massachusetts.

Bound by Samuel Ellenport at the Harcourt Bindery, Boston, in publisher’s quarter tan morocco over maroon cloth boards. Spine ruled in gilt and blind in compartments with burgundy morocco gilt lettering label (the calligraphic lettering on the spine label by Yvette Rutledge). Top edge gilt. A fine copy. The additional suite of wood engravings laid into a maroon cloth portfolio. Housed together in the publisher’s maroon cloth slipcase. All housed within the publisher's original cardboard shipping box.

“I’m often asked, which of my books is my favorite and I usually respond with the single word Frankenstein. It is my favorite because it, more than the others, exemplifies what I hold to be ideal: it holds together as a unit, a coherent whole with type, text, and images well-balanced and well paced. Frankenstein marks the first instance of the use of multiple color block prints in a Pennyroyal book as well as the first collaboration with Joyce Carol Oates, who will do the introductions to Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde and Dracula in time to come” (Pennyroyal).

Pennryroyal 29.

HBS # 68026 $3,850