How I Came to be Governor of the Island of Cacona by Francis Thistleton
Illustrated with 22 Drawings by Andrew Hoyem
Arion Press, 1989, Limited to 300 Copies
This is a limited edition of “How I Came to be Governor of the Island of Cacona” published by the Arion Press in 1989 with a limitation of 300 copies. From the publisher, “An exceedingly rare copy of this hilarious satire on colonial government from Canada, published in Montreal in 1852, was found by Andrew Hoyem in his personal library. The Canadian novelist Robertson Davies shared enthusiasm for this discovery and wrote on the historical basis for the misadventures of the hapless governor, while the publisher himself drew vignettes for all the chapters.”
Measuring 8” x 5.5” and containing 220 pages, the book is bound in boards with a dark green cloth spine and ochre paper sides. The type is Monotype Bell with larger sizes of handset Bell, Bodoni Bold, and Thorne Shaded for display. The paper is Mohawk Letterpress Text and is printed in black and green inks with black and yellow inks for the photo-engraved illustrations.
Accompanying the book is the original prospectus.
The book is in FINE condition with no flaws.
Photographs of the binding and prospectus appear in the photo section of the listing.
About the Arion Press
Since its inception in 1974, the Arion Press has published 118 deluxe limited editions that are breathtaking in their scope and artistry. Combining notable literature illustrated with original artwork from prominent artists, Andrew Hoyem and his team at the Arion Press have carried on the tradition of the livre d’artiste in spectacular fashion. Michael Kimmelman of the New York Times put it best when he wrote, "The Arion Press produces some of the most beautiful limited-edition, hand printed books in the world."