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A Twentieth-Century Private Press Edition

Magna Carta and Other Charters of English Liberties. Translated by Noel Denholm-Young [London:] Guyon House Press, 1938. 30 x 22 cm. Bound in full calf.

Magna Carta printed by the Guyon House Press

In addition to Magna Carta (1215), this volume contains the coronation charter of Henry I (1000); the coronation charter of Henry II (1154); and the charter of the forest (1217). The text is in Latin and English, with parallel text on facing pages. The seal of each ruler is reproduced following the charter. Head and tail-pieces designed by Berthold Wolpe, printed and bound by Theodore Besterman assisted by V.H. Ridler and F.J. Coton.

Theodore Besterman (1904-1976), a notable bibliographer and scholar, established Guyon House Press (named after his Hempstead home, Guyon House) in 1937. The press was destroyed by a bomb in 1940. It is believed that many copies of this work were likewise destroyed.

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