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The Woodcut: An Annual.

The Woodcut: An Annual.

FURST, Herbert (editor)

Volumes 1-4 (complete). Limited editions; all small folio. Volumes 1 & 2 from the Curwen Press Library with bookplates pasted to front pastedowns, original cloth-backed patterned boards in dust jackets; volumes 3 & 4 with top edges gilt and remainder uncut and original buckram. Nos. 3 & 4 are from the special edition of 80 and 75 copies (numbered 15 and unnumbered) with a signed woodcut by John Nash and Eric Ravilious bound in as frontispieces. The four volumes have woodcuts throughout including some tipped in. Volume 1, in paper binding designed and engraved by Paul Nash, includes essays by Furst, Robert Gibbings on 'The Golden Cockerel Press', Paul Nash on 'Woodcut Patterns', Eric Gill on 'Intaglio Printing from Wood Blocks'. Volume 2 includes essays by Furst, Douglas Percy Bliss on 'The Tools of the Wood-Engraver and Edmund Bucher on Frans Masereel, in paper binding designed and engraved by Enid Marx. Volume 3 includes essays by Furst, W.A. Thorpe on John Nash and Victor Scholderer on 'Wood and Metal in the Invention of Printing'. Volume 4, includes essays by Furst on Bewick and A.F. Johnson on 'Woodcut Writing-Books'. Volume 1 is near fine, with a little rubbing to the extremities, in a worn and torn dust jacket; Volume 2 is near fine, with a little rubbing to the extremities, in a very good dust jacket, faded to the spine; Volume 3 is very good faded to the spine and extremities; Volume 4 is also very good faded to the spine and extremities. A rare complete set preserved in a specially made slip case.


A Quarter of a Century's Work for the British Admiralty by The Yarrow Firm.

A Quarter of a Century's Work for the British Admiralty by The Yarrow Firm.

Yarrow Shipbuilders

A commemorative presentation album; original gilt-decorated green morocco; oblong folio (32 x 45 cm), all edges gilt. Comprising 31 hand-tinted photographs of torpedo boats, colonial river gun boats and engines. plus three gouache and watercolour drawings, one a reproduced picture of an expedition arriving at 'Assouan' aboard Waterlily, an aerial view of the yard at Scotstoun and King Edward VII and party aboard a launch at Cowes in 1906, the photographs and illustration window-mounted in thick card, all approximately 16.5 x 26.5 cm. Letterpress pages printed in blue, title printed in gilt on card, ink library stamp to verso, library label and withdrawn stamp to front doublure. Originally based in Poplar, London, Yarrow & Company, Limited, was founded by Alfred Yarrow in 1865. In 1898 the shipyard moved to London Yard, Cubitt Town and it was here that hundreds of steam launches, lake and river vessels, and the Royal Navy's first destroyers were built. Also a builder of boilers, the 'Yarrow boiler' was first used in a torpedo boat in 1887 and later used for a number of applications including the propulsion plant of RMS Queen Mary and LNER Class W1 locomotive. Yarrows outgrew its London site and moved to Scotstoun in the west of Glasgow, in 1906. This album, which has no printing or date details, may well have been produced as a celebration at this time. Very good, some fraying to doublure slightly rubbed and darkened, white ink classification number at foot of spine.


Home Guard Manual of Camouflage

Home Guard Manual of Camouflage

PENROSE, Roland

First edition, first printing; original boards and illustrated dust jacket. A presentation copy, inscribed on the front free end paper, "A Brunius ce n'est pas ce qu'on voulais cette cachoterie militaire mais je souhaite a vous et Mary des annees plus lumineuses que 1941 Roland Penrose." Loosely inserted is a postcard from Penrose to Brunius, inviting him to a surrealist meeting and dinner at the Barcelona Restaurant, Beak Street, W1A, dated 9th May 1940. As a Quaker, Penrose had been a pacifist, but after the outbreak of the War he volunteered as an air raid warden and then taught military camouflage at the Home Guard training centre at Osterley Park. This led to Penrose's commission as a captain in the Royal Engineers. He worked as Senior Lecturer at the Eastern Command Camouflage School in Norwich, and at the Camouflage Development and Training Centre at Farnham Castle. During his lectures, he used to startle his audiences by inserting a colour photograph of his partner Lee Miller, lying on a lawn naked but for a camouflage net; when challenged, he argued "if camouflage can hide Lee's charms, it can hide anything". His lectures were respected by both trainees and colleagues and lead to the publication of this work, which provided accurate guidance on the use of texture, not only colour, especially for protection from aerial photography. Jacques Brunius, was a French actor, director and writer. Assistant director to Luis Buñuel on L'Âge d'or, he appeared in more than 30 movies. Member of the surrealist group in France and then in England, with his friend Roland Penrose. He was a staunch defender of surrealism. This fragile book was printed to wartime standards in small numbers and is now scarce. Fine in a very good dust jacket, which is a little spotted and has a chip to the spine, not affecting the lettering. Small attractive book plate of John Lyle, the writer on and collector of Surrealism.



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