San Francisco & London: printed at Cambridge University Press with plates printed at Curwen Press for The Book Club of California, 1978. Hardcover. viii, 104p., 9.75x14.75 inches, introduction, index, illustrated with 16 plates, fine first edition limited to 500 copies bound in marbled boards and quarter cloth backing, gilt titles, lightly worn plain white shipper's dj.
From Franklin's introduction (he's an enthusiast of this not particularly lovely process): "Aquatint like printing formed part of the tendency towards decay by mass-production, a beautiful by-product. Its discovery, coinciding with the fine period of watercolours, happened to provide the ideal way of reproducing them. Colour illustration is itself a sad history of decline.." and so on. A waste of pessimism.