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The Door in the Wall


This is one of the finest examples of the photographically illustrated book and among the few where the photographer himself produced the photogravures. An oversize volume, it includes the main tale of a door that leads to immortal realities, plus seven shorter stories by Wells.

The Door in the Wall was a true three-way collaboration between the author, the photographer and the typographer, Frederic W. Goudy, who specifically produced his Kennerely Old Style typeface for this book. Designed in the elegant Arts-and-Crafts style, it was printed on French hand-made paper at Goudy's Village Press in an edition of 600 copies. In fact, only 300 copies contain the full compliment of Coburn's rich photogravures, due to some being damaged in shipment and being replaced by aquatones. The photographer personally prepared the gravure plates, pulled proofs and oversaw the printing of the edition.

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