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Janette Ray, Rare and Out of Print Books

Design, architecture, garden history, photographic books and albums and fine art. Generally open Wednesdays to Saturdays but more reliably open by ringing ahead to make an appointment rather than leaving it to chance. We also open for special events. Customers travelling are recommended to ring ahead.

Pentagram Numbers 1-27


Since 1975 Pentagram has been publishing a series of documents for colleagues and clients called Pentagram Papers. Each edition contains curious, entertaining, stimulating, provocative and occasionally controversial points of views that have come to Pentagram's attention. The series is unified by distinctive black covers with white rulings although each sports a different cover image either photographic or typographic. The first number, A Dictionary of Graphic Clichés in 1975 by Philip Thompson and Peter Davenport contains examples of how designers have used these clichés as a shorthand visual language to communicate complex ideas. That theme set the tone of the slightly random and obscure selection of subjects and issues the publication adopted, which were left to the Directors of the day. Very hard to find as a collection the publication has included essay by Lewis Mumford to Lethaby and covered architectural building blocks to photography of Doisneau. A full list of the the titles of those in this collection are available on request. We are offering for sale numbers 1-27 all in good condition. Largely from the collection of Gavin Stamp, without identifying bookplate, supplemented with a few issues he was missing and which have been drawn from the collections other owners. List of titles for this group available on request.