J.M. Richards & Eric Ravilious – High Street – First Edition 1938

J.M. Richards & Eric Ravilious – High Street – First Edition 1938

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J.M. Richards & Eric Ravilious – High Street – First Edition 1938

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A first edition, first printing published by Country life in 1938. Overall a very good+ copy. Some faint spotting to the endpapers. Boards a touch sprung. Rubbing to the corners and to the spine tips. No inscriptions. One of only 2000 copies. The lithographic stones were kept for a possible reprint, but were destroyed when the Curwen Press was hit by a bomb in 1941, ruling out any post-war reprint of this book. Ravilious was appointed official War Artist in WWII and died when his plane was lost off the coast of Iceland in 1942. Individual lithographs from the book fetch high prices, causing dealers to break up damaged copies – this is therefore a much coveted book.

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A first edition, first printing published by Country life in 1938. Overall a very good+ copy. Some faint spotting to the endpapers. Boards a touch sprung. Rubbing to the corners and to the spine tips. No inscriptions. One of only 2000 copies. The lithographic stones were kept for a possible reprint, but were destroyed when the Curwen Press was hit by a bomb in 1941, ruling out any post-war reprint of this book. Ravilious was appointed official War Artist in WWII and died when his plane was lost off the coast of Iceland in 1942. Individual lithographs from the book fetch high prices, causing dealers to break up damaged copies – this is therefore a much coveted book.

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