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Dropmore Press

The Funeral Oration of Pericles

London: Dropmore Press, 1948. Stk. + DF 229 T55 BL94.

In mid-1945, Viscount Kemsley, the newspaper magnate, bought the equipment of the Corvinus Press, after its founder, Viscount Carlow, a linguist and RAF pilot, was killed in a plane crash. Kemsley used the equipment for his Dropmore Press. Although he had previous press experience with his own Queen Anne Press, Kemsley put Dropmore under the direction of Edward Shanks. Printed by hand on an Albion press using 24 point Baskerville, the Oration is a sumptuous production, with two-colour printing and initials (not shown) by John O’Connor. This title was printed in a limited edition of 300 copies.