George Allen & Unwin
by Rayner Unwin
George Allen & Unwin as a publishing imprint reflected a cross-section of the intellectual achievement of the Twentieth Century.
In his Remembrancer, former Chairman Rayner Unwin traces the vicissitudes of his own time with the Company. It is a digressive and personal history, with reflections on the delights as well as the dangers of a style of publishing that is now fast vanishing.
He particularly focusses on his memories of publishing famous authors including
• JRR Tolkien
• Thor Heyerdahl
• Bertrand Russell
• Roald Dahl
This frank and elegant publishing memoir covers the eventual take-over of the Company. A Remembrancer brings to life this sequence of events which led to the winding up of a distinguished firm.
In addition to the trade edition (£30) of George Allen & Unwin – A Remembrancer by Rayner Unwin, we are offering just 50 copies as a Special Edition.
Each copy of the Special Edition will be numbered, with a tipped-in bookplate, signed by Rayner Unwin’s son, publisher Merlin Unwin.
In partnership with expert craftsmen at Ludlow Bookbinders, the Special Edition will be presented in a hand-made black buckram slipcase, lined with grey suede, and with gold foil blocking of the George Allen & Unwin colophon by the Victorian artist and book illustrator Walter Crane.
Each copy of the Limited Signed and Slip-cased Edition will cost: £125 plus shipping and will be available for delivery from 31 March 2021.
Please contact Merlin Unwin Books to reserve a copy now of this Special Edition (01584 877456 or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org).
Jun 01, 2021
About the Author:
Rayner Unwin spent his working life in book publishing. He succeeded his father Sir Stanley Unwin as Chairman of George Allen & Unwin Ltd in 1968. But before he became a publisher, towards the end of the Second World War, he served on tank landing ships in the Far East. His experience of life in the navy sparked a life-long interest in seafaring, inspiring two of the five books he was to later write, The Defeat of John Hawkins and A Winter away from Home. After the war he completed his degree at Oxford, going on to study English Literature as a Post Graduate at Harvard. As a publisher he edited many distinguished authors including Roald Dahl and JRR Tolkien with whom he developed a close friendship. He retired from book publishing in 1990 when Allen & Unwin was taken over by HarperCollins. He died in 2000.