LINED NOTEBOOK 10 X 15 CM - ALTHEA WILLOUGHBY CURWEN PRESS
Lined notebook 10 cm wide by 15 cm tall. 128 sides of Italian ivory ruled paper.
The cover is a design by Althea Willoughby for the Curwen Press (now out of print).
Althea Willoughby (1904 – 1982) exhibited with the Society of Wood Engravers in 1927 and contributed a number of illustrations for Curwen Press publications. This is the only design that she produced for the Curwen pattern papers.
The Curwen Press came into being in 1863 and its work in the early C20th had a strong focus on well-designed commercial printing. Contemporary artists were commissioned as illustrators and designers and in the 1920s, the Curwen Press began the production of a collection of iconic pattern papers, commissioning designs from young artists including Eric Ravilious, Enid Marx, Edward Bawden, Engraved patterns were transferred onto lithographic plates. They were used widely in publishing, for example by the Folio Society, by Penguin and by Hamish Hamilton in the Novel Library series. With the closure of the press in 1984, the manufacture of the papers came to an end.