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Auction #113 begins on 29 Feb 2024

Wolfe, Humbert, Christopher Sandford and other authors; and many illustrators

Bibliography of the Golden Cockerel Press 1921-1949 (annotated copy with auction prices realised)

Three volumes in one: Chanticleer, April 1921-1936 August; Pertilote, October 1936-1943 April; Cockalorum, June 1943-December 1948

Published: Wm Dawson & Sons; Alan Wofsy Fine Arts, Folkestone, England; San Francisco, 1975

Edition: First thus

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No slipcase. Pale-green linen boards, gilt embossed to the upper panel and spine. Plain endpapers, 212 pp of text profusely illustrated with b/w woodcuts by the many famous artists who worked with the Golden Cockerel Press.

The three-part catalogue lists 181 titles and there are also essays by some of the Press's partners and contributors. 

This copy is particularly valuable for its more than two hundred pencil marginal notes by the first owner. The notes cover the period from 1974 (when the catalogue was published) to 1979. They give the dates of auctions of Chanticleer books and the prices realised.

Copies of books with the following catalogue numbers achieved the highest prices (in British pounds):

  • 50 (560 pounds)
  • 52 (720 pounds)
  • 63 (760 and 1300 pounds)
  • 78 (1050 pounds)
  • 123 (550 pounds)
  • 167 (650 pounds) 

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CONDITION. Fine overall, though without the original slipcase - complete and unmarked except for the invaluable pencil notes referred to. 

  • Binding Condition: Fine
  • Overall Condition: Fine
  • Size: 235 x 155
  • Sold By: Fontein Books
  • Contact Person: Richard Proctor-Sims
  • Country: South Africa
  • Email: [email protected]
  • Telephone: 051 773 0050/048 079 546 4032
  • Preferred Payment Methods: Eft (South Africa), SWIFT (rest of world), or $ checks for US or Australian buyers
  • Trade Associations: AA Approved


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