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BLAST : Review of the Great English Vortex. Issues 1 & 2

BLAST : Review of the Great English Vortex. Issues 1 & 2

Lewis, Wyndham Large 4to., original printed wraps; Vol I printed in black on pink card, with 22 black-and-white photographic plates, pp. 160, [iv, ads.]; Vol II with cover design by Lewis in black over white card; pp. 102, [vi, ads.] with 20 full-page, inter-text and tailpiece illustrations by Lewis, Edward Wadsworth, Jacob Epstein, Gaudier-Brzeska, Christopher Nevinson, William Roberts and many others, and 1 photograph. Both volumes aged toned with age related markings. VOLUME 1 : Some loss to the spine ends and cover edges. Both the front and back covers of this volume are detached but come together and present well in the removable Mylar archival cover. The covers are spotted along the outer edge. Internally complete with the usually encountered spotting throughout which is heavier in places. VOLUME 2 : A small area of loss to the lower spine otherwise the spine is remarkably intact. A tiny chip to the rear lower cover otherwise the covers have only very light age related markings. The covers are protected in a removable Mylar archival cover. Internally, the usual encountered light spotting throughout which is a little heavier to the prelims. Despite their issues, these two examples remain remarkable survivors of a scarce publication in which it is rare to find the covers present in any condition. First editions of the only two publications of this famous journal. The first, featuring the bright pink cover referred to by Ezra Pound as the 'great MAGENTA cover'd opusculus' was on the 2nd July 1914, but features a date of the 20th June, as publication was delayed. The second appeared a year later, on 15th July 1915. Lewis had intended BLAST to be the official journal of English Vorticists, a modernist movement in art and poetry founded by him the same year. Inspired by a combination of Cubism, Futurism and Dynamism, Vorticism was promoted with the aim of creating art that expressed the dynamism of the modern world, with its founder ' blasting what he considered to be the effeteness of British art and culture and proclaiming the vorticist aesthetic'. 'The New Vortex plunges to the heart of the Present we produce a New Living Abstraction'. Lewis acted as the editor and main contributor of the magazine, and he also designed the bold, and liberally spaced typography which dominates both editions but is more prominent in Volume 1. It was, however, his friend and fellow artist Ezra Pound who coined the term 'Vorticism', who painted in a similar style. The manifesto can be found on p. 10-44, of whom the eleven signatories are Richard Aldington, Malcolm Arbuthnot, Lawrence Atkinson, Henri Gaudier-Brzeska, Jessica Dismorr, Cuthbert Hamilton, Ezra Pound, W. Roberts, Helen Saunders, Edward Wadsworth and Wyndham Lewis. This is followed by a series of poems, (censor's inked strike-throughs to lines of Ezra Pound's contribution 'Fratres Minores'), Lewis' play 'Enemy of the Stars', and a short story by Rebecca West. Wyndham also addresses the Suffragettes, praising their work but pleading 'If you destroy a great work of art you are destroying a greater soul than if you annihilated a whole district of London. LEAVE ART ALONE, BRAVE COMRADES!'. In the second volume Lewis begins by discussing the state of society and Europe since the commencement of the First World War. T. S. Eliot contributes two poems, 'Preludes' and 'Rhapsody of a Windy Night', and Gaudier-Brzeska pens an article entitled 'Vortex' (Written from the Trenches) 'having been in the firing line since early in the war'. The first issue was released thirty-three days before the outbreak of World War One, but, as disaster unfolded, the contributors began to lose faith in their artistic beliefs. The publication became extremely short-lived, ending shortly after the second journal was issued in 1915. An extremely rare opportunity to own a pinnacle work of the Vorticism movement. More images available on request. Ashton Rare Books welcomes direct contact.
Frankenstein

Frankenstein

Shelley, Mary The First UK printing of the Third Edition published by Henry Colburn and Richard Bentley, London in 1831. Bound with Vol.1 of Schiller's The Ghost-Seer as issued. The BOOK is in Very Good+ condition. The publisher's original plum coloured boards with fading of colouring to the spine and some offsetting to the rear board. Some very slight loss at the rear upper spine fold with some light edge wear at the spine ends. Early splitting at the spine folds but the binding reminds tight. One penned previous owner’s name to the front pastedown. The original publisher’s labels to the spine are lightly rubbed and only have a hint of edge-wear. The book has a slight lean. The contents are complete as published : 4 pages of National Library Advert, Blank page, Standard Novels No 1X half title page with the Theodor von Holst engraving frontispiece to the verso (which is offset and toned), Title page with vignette (which is toned and offset), Second title page, Introduction (By Mary Shelley), 'Frankenstein' pp 3-202. 'The Ghost-Seer' : Half-title, Title page, Introduction, 'The Ghost-Seer' pp 9-163, 3 pages of Standard Novels adverts to the rear. Toning to the text-block with the occasional age related spotting and markings throughout. The First illustrated edition of Frankenstein, the third overall, and the first substantially revised by Mary Shelley alone as the sole author. Published in an edition of 3,500 copies, it was the first truly popular edition and the first to contain an illustration depicting Frankenstein and the Creature. Bentley insisted that all Standard Novel authors should revise their texts, and Mary took the opportunity to retain most of minor changes introduced by William Godwin into the 1823 second edition, as well as making substantial revisions, including an entirely new chapter and the celebrated Preface in which she describes the novel's genesis at the nocturnal storytelling session with Shelley, Byron, and Polidori at the Villa Diodati (including the misleading suggestion that she been married at the time). Though Mary Shelley lived for another 20 years, this was the final revision she made in her lifetime. It was issued as volume IX of Bentley's Standard Novels series alongside the first part of Johannes Schiller's Ghost Seer. The book is protected in a removable Mylar archival cover. An increasingly elusive title which often turns up rebound with the prelim pages and adverts missing. The first copy we have handled which is complete with the original boards and labels. Collectible. More images available on request. Ashton Rare Books welcomes direct contact.
The Last Of England : Signed By The Author In The Year Of Publication

The Last Of England : Signed By The Author In The Year Of Publication

Jarman, Derek The First UK printing published by Constable & Co. Ltd., London in 1987. The BOOK is in Very Good++ or better condition. Light pushing at the spine end with the occasional light mark to the covers. Light toning to the text-block and page edges as usually encountered. Some slight offsetting of the dark blue colouring of the end-paper to the upper edge of the adjacent rear blank end-paper. The WRAPPER is complete and is in Very Good++ condition. Light edge-wear and creasing at the spine ends. Again, some slight offsetting of the dark blue colouring of the rear end-paper to the upper edge of the adjacent rear flap fold. The wraparound wrapper artwork looks very striking in the removable Brodart archival cover. The book has been signed (in his characteristic calligraphic style) and dated in the year of publication by the author to the first blank end-paper : 'To Alexandra, with all my best wishes, Derek Jarman, Oct 1987'. The book has numerous B/W photographs throughout. 'The Last of England' is a 1987 British arthouse film directed by Derek Jarman and stars Tilda Swinton. Derek Jarman received the '1988 Teddy Award' in Berlin for the film and Tilda Swinton also received the Jury prize for her performance in the film. The book is scarce in its own right with a presumed small print run. Signed copies of any of Derek Jarman's works are very elusive and this is the first copy we have handled with such attributes. More images available on request. Ashton Rare Books welcomes direct contact.
My Brother Aquarius : Lengthy Inscriptions From The Author : Loosely Inserted Is A H/W Poem To His Nephew

My Brother Aquarius : Lengthy Inscriptions From The Author : Loosely Inserted Is A H/W Poem To His Nephew

Tennant, Stephen The sole printing published by Nash Publications, Bournemouth in 1961. The BOOK is in Very Good++ condition. The original blue cloth-bound with titles in gilt has a little pushing at the spine ends with light rubbing to the edges and corners. Some light age related markings to the covers in places. Some offsetting to the end papers with toning of the page edges due to the quality of the paper stock used. A few pages have more marked irregular toning to the edges and there is a very thin water stain to the extreme edge of the lower rear end-paper which has offset to the rear paste-down. 62 pages with a coloured frontispiece by Stephen Tennant. The WRAPPER is complete and is in Very Good++ condition with a colour design by Tennant, reproducing the frontispiece. Some light wear to the rear wrapper with a 3cm closed tear to the lower front spine fold. The wrapper artwork remains very striking in the removable Brodart archival cover. A nice copy of a cheaply produced book. Stephen Tennant has filled the front and the blank end-papers with H/W inscriptions, quotes and notes eg 'Poetry is always on the brink of a Revelation, a Miracle'. .' the Rose, - can only duplicate the Rose, But Man has sanctioned a more invidious fate (from a Poem)'.' some ancient exstasy haunts the autumn Rose, a wisdom mulled and brewed from Time's repose (for a new Poem)'. There is also some notes entitled 'Notes for an Essay. The patient genius of Willa Cather. The genesis of her Art'. A title entitled 'On Writing: Critical Studies on Writing as an Art' By Willa Cather was published by Knopf, USA in 1968 and the foreword was written by Stephen Tennant. It well may be that some of these penned notes were incorporated into that foreword. 'My Brother Aquarius' contains 52 poems by Stephen Tennant. The verse looks back in time to past travels, lost romance and pastoral idylls, and has a strong autobiographical element. It was published by a local printer in Bournemouth and Tennant sent the book to friends and fellow writers, including W. H. Auden and Edmund Blunden. The title is derived from a line by Keats - 'Crystalline brother of the belt of Heaven: Aquarius!' (Endymion). The book is dedicated to Barbara Hutton and the preface is written directly to Princess Bibesco. The blurb on the rear wrapper alludes to Lascar, the incomplete novel that Tennant laboured on throughout his life but never published. Loosely laid in is a H/W single page poem dated May 1975 and a quote referencing the poem 'I will be the gladdest thing under the sun' by Edna Millay. At the bottom of the poem, Tennant has written 'For Mark Tennyson'. Mark Aubrey Tennyson, 5th Baron Tennyson DSC was a British peer. He was the great-grandson of poet Alfred, Lord Tennyson and he succeeded his brother as 5th Baron Tennyson in 1991. His mother was the Hon. Clarissa ('Clare') Tennant, the sister of Stephen Tennant. I have not been able to ascertain whether this poem was specifically written for his nephew Mark Tennyson or has been published elsewhere. A very unique presentation copy with such attributes. More images available on request. Ashton Rare Books welcomes direct contact.
Dracula

Dracula

Stoker, Bram The Eighth UK printing published by London Archibald Constable & Co. Ltd in 1904. The eighth edition of Dracula was published by Constable in at least three variant bindings, each with a different embossed design to the upper board. They also all had different variations of the publishers name at the base of the spine. There was a cheap issue cloth variant, with the same pattern as one of the other more common variants, but in a coarser red rather than blue cloth, with the lettering and decoration picked out in black rather than red and gilt. This copy is the by far the scarcest of the three bindings with dark blue / black cloth and a red art nouveau design to the front panel with titling in gilt and the publisher's 'London' in red titling to the base of the spine. The BOOK is in Very Good++ or better condition with the cloth for the most part very bright and clean. The book has a slight lean but the binding remains tight. There is a little fading of the cloth colouring to the spine but the red decorations and gilt titling remain bright. Mild pushing at the spine ends and one or two minor marks to the cloth. The text block is very lightly toned and spotted. Light offsetting to the end-papers and prelims with slightly heavier scattered spotting to a handful of pages. Free from inscriptions and erasures. An exceptionally well preserved copy and rarely found as such, which is protected in a loose Mylar archival cover. Loosely inserted is a cut signature of the author which comes with a CoA. This the eighth edition of Dracula was the last to be published by Constable before the publishers were taken over. Collectible. More images available on request. Ashton Rare Books welcomes direct contact.
Peter Pan Portfolio. From ‘Peter Pan in Kensington Gardens’.

Peter Pan Portfolio. From ‘Peter Pan in Kensington Gardens’.

Barrie, J.M. & Rackham, Arthur (Illus.) The sole UK printing published by Hodder and Stoughton, London in 1912. The BOOK is in Very Good++ or better condition. Elephant folio. Number '486' of 500 numbered copies, signed by the Publishers and Engravers/Printers on the limitation page, out of a total edition of 600 copies. Original half vellum over light sage green cloth boards. The boards are very lightly mottled in places. The front cover is lettered in gilt with the original silk ties present. Engraved title-page and limitation statement with twelve large proof size colour plates mounted in thick mounts with titled printed tissue guards. All the plates are clean, in Fine condition with some unobtrusive linen reinforcement bands to some of the mounts at the hinge. All the printed tissue guards are present with some very light creasing to some of the guards. The rear blank end-paper has an irregular fore-edge. Housed in the publisher's original printed box, missing one bottom panel flap and a few small chips to the side flaps, some rubbing and markings, especially to the top lid and some tape reinforcement to the inner flaps in places. Of the 600 copies of this portfolio (which preceded the American portfolio by two years), one hundred were bound in full vellum and five hundred in half vellum. This portfolio and the American edition contain the largest Rackham plates ever printed. Published to capitalise on the popularity of the stage production Peter and Wendy, it is the only suite of Rackham's plates to be issued in an oversize portfolio format, with 12 of the artist's personal favourites from Rackham's Peter Pan in Kensington Gardens reproduced at their original size. Of Rackham's designs Barrie wrote, 'I like best of all the Serpentine with the fairies, and the Peter in his night-gown sitting in the tree. Next I would [sic] the flying Peters, the fairies going to the ball (as in the 'tiff' and the fairy on cobweb) the fairies sewing the leaves with their sense of fun (the gayest thing this) and your treatment of snow' (Ray 329). Barrie's comments may have influenced Rackham's selection, as this portfolio includes all the images he mentioned (Latimore & Haskell pp. 39-40; Riall p. 113). A scarce survivor with many copies over time having been broken up. More images available on request. Ashton Rare Books welcomes direct contact.
Poetical Pieces. Containing ‘Prometheus Unbound’

Poetical Pieces. Containing ‘Prometheus Unbound’, ‘Hellas’, ‘The Cenci’ , ‘Rosalind and Helen’

Shelley, Percy Bysshe First Edition thus but the First UK printing by C. and J. Ollier and W. Simpkin and R, Marshall, London in 1823 of this posthumous gathering of the unsold first editions of 'Prometheus Unbound' (1820), 'Hellas' (1822), and 'Rosalind and Helen' (1819) and the second (but first London) edition of 'The Cenci' (1821), with other poems, all bound under a new general title-page (With the 'Prometheus' title wrongly titled 'Prometheus Unmasked'). The half-title for 'Prometheus Unbound' is present but absent for the other titles. The BOOK is in Very Good condition with contemporary green half calf binding, five raised bands, gilt titling and decorations. Marbled endpapers and marbled text-bock edges, the latter faded. Sunning and rubbing to the spine but the gilt remains fairly bright. Rubbing to the folds, edges and corners with some early cracking of the hinges but the binding remains tight. The spine may have been professionally rebacked at some time. Internally free from inscriptions and bookplates. Some toning to the page edges with occasional spotting throughout which is more marked in places. Wise comments on the book's rarity: 'During recent years nearly every available copy has been broken up.and the three first editions have been separately bound. Thus it seldom occurs today' (Wise, A Shelley Library, p. 69). A scarce survivor with COPAC only listing 4 copies and and we can only trace three copies at auction since 1981. More images available on request. Ashton Rare Books welcomes direct contact.
The Well Of Loneliness : With a Letter Signed By The Author

The Well Of Loneliness : With a Letter Signed By The Author

Hall, Radclyffe The First UK printing published by Jonathan Cape, London in 1928. The BOOK is in Very Good++ condition. The correct first issue with the misprint 'whip' on page 50. This was subsequently corrected to 'whips' in the second printing of the same year. The original black cloth remains clean, top edge black with the other edges uncut. Light pushing at the spine ends with a little splitting at the extreme lower spine tip. The gilt titling remains bright. The contents are a little toned to the edges with some occasional spotting. A neat contemporary penned name to the front blank end-paper. The fragile WRAPPER is complete and is in Very Good+ condition. Some edge-wear with loss at the spine ends and corners. Closed tears to the rear upper spine fold, the lower front spine fold and the rear upper flap fold with some old tape remnants to the verso of the upper spine. Some toning to the spine with some age related markings in places. The wrapper has not undergone any restoration and remains very presentable in the removable Brodart archival cover. Loosely inserted is a typed letter signed by the author dated 'September 26th 1924'. The letter is addressed to (Arthur) St.John Adcock who was a novelist, poet and also editor of the influential 'The Bookman' periodical. In the letter Hall refers to 'Lady Troubridge, who shares my home and therefore knows me very well,.'. Lady Una Troubridge was Hall's lifelong partner. She also goes on to say 'I never know what to say about myself'. She has signed the letter 'M. Radclyffe Hall' and has added a penned postscript : 'I do not write under the name of M. Radclyffe Hall - but as 'Radclyffe Hall'. Up until this time, Hall's works had been published under the name 'Marguerite Radclyffe-Hall'. The letter is in near fine condition and is protected in a removable archival folder. A very scarce and collectible title which was first published by Jonathan Cape in July 1928 with a second impression in August 1938. Both were small printings. Its controversial lesbian subject-matter led the Government to press Jonathan Cape to withdraw the book. Cape then leased the rights to the Paris house, Pegasus Press, whose edition of the book followed two months after and inevitably re-entered Britain. That event led to a complete banning of the novel, and it was not to be republished until 1949. A scarce title to find in collectible condition. More images available on request. Ashton Rare Books welcomes direct contact.
An Archive Of 18 Unpublished Letters From Terence Rattigan To His Close Friend

An Archive Of 18 Unpublished Letters From Terence Rattigan To His Close Friend, The Stage Designer And Director, William Chappell.

Rattigan, Terence An archive of 18 gossipy, poignant and waspish letters from Terence Rattigan to his close friend, the stage designer and director, William Chappell. Most date from the 1970's towards the end of his life from his home in the Bahamas. Much mention throughout of his troubled relationship with 'The Midget' i.e. Michael Franklin, his younger lover / companion for many years who often exhibits disturbing behaviour and threatens suicide regularly. The letters are usually on his personal headed paper unless he is writing from a hotel. The letters, 18 in total include one two-sided H/W postcard and a printed telegram and are all in very good condition. Eight have retained their original envelopes helping to date them, though the postmarks on one or two are obscured and difficult to read. To include : 1) A [6 page] letter from Florida, undated which might be the earliest of the sequence. 'Well here I am, ducky, lying on a chaise longue with a pair of sky blue shorts revealing intoxicating glimpse of bronzed thigh to passers by and with my love bottles bared to the public view.sipping a long cool, refreshing and intoxicating drink and wishing it, imagine it, I was back in England, frozen pipes or no frozen pipes.'. He writes of being invited to a dinner party, which he does not look forward to. 'I might get taken queer about eleven thirty and do a quick tour of the cottages not that there are any in Palm Beach it's the sort of place where nobody does anything in public, not even pee.New York is gayer than it was last year and Mrs Rat [a nickname for himself] was the toast of the town, the prettiest young ladies nightly sipping champagne (domestic) from her galoshes.' 2) A [2 page] letter from Claridges 1969, is a litany of the faults and vices of an unnamed character 'we deal with a prodigy of deviousness, which is where the attraction lies for me.' I imagine this might refer, as the rest of the letter to his lover? [referred to as 'Her Majesty'.] 'I do think you sometimes believe that she's really just a playwright's fancy. She isn't. She's just a playwright's 'fancy'. 3) A [2 page] letter from the Beverly Hills Hotel. 'Good word of mouth about Chips [Goodbye, Mr. Chips, the 1969 film with a screenplay by Rattigan]. 'The new President of MGM has had an orgasm carefully recorded in an endless telegram.' 4) A 14 page letter from Bermuda dated Jan. 1969 is largely about 'The Midget' and his exasperating moods, his comic attempts to refashion the house in Bermuda. .' the Midget, low, is very pathetic, but he's still a fucking little liar, and a maker of bad blood when he can. 5 ) One letter [4 pages] has his name 'Sir Terence Rattigan CBE' crossed out and the word 'Fuck!' written beside it. He was knighted in 1971 and looks to have been slightly embarrassed by the headed paper. In the letter he writes about having finished his 'Tosca play. It's called 'Vittoria! Because (a) that's the cry Tosca let's out on hearing the news of Marengo.and (b) it's the shout of triumph Scarpia roars on his last exit, having at last achieved you-know-what, on his way with Tosca to the bedroom.' The short play was later renamed 'Before Dawn'.Now for the serious one. That's also pro-England anti revolutionary so the fuckers won't give me much chance there.' He asks Chappell to take a look at what 'multi-millionaire improvements he's [his lover Franklin] up to in one of his homes in England, perhaps the house in Brighton? In one letter from Feb. '72 [5 pages] he writes about his struggles with the producer, Hal Wallis over the casting for 'Bequest to the Nation'. Rattigan wanted Glenda Jackson and Peter Finch and got his way. In another letter from Bermuda [6 pages] '.I'm trying to work on 'The Case Against Alma - better title than Cause Celebre ?.Or too flashy?' He writes about his health and the unfortunate side effects of hormone treatment and of his troubles with the producers H M Tennent. A Jan.1975 letter [6 pages] from London outlines his dismal Christmas .'wearing Clive Barnes notice as a paper hat [Clive Barnes was a New York Times theatre critic] and barely recovered from a Harrison [Rex Harrison, actor] induced nervous breakdown.' Rattigan's play In Praise of Love had opened on Broadway the previous month. More here on 'The Midget' and his plans. A [5 page] letter from Bermuda in 1975 is very funny about his time at a health farm and his troubles with the ownership of the house because his housekeeper won't sleep with the Prime Minister. Several more letters continue in the same amusing, gossipy spirit, mentioning several of his fiends and acquaintances. The last is the most poignant where he makes light of his increasing ill health. 'The Hon. Mrs Daisy De Pozzit (authoress of 'With Pick and Piton up the Rattispein' and more recently 'some interesting diggings on the Ratty pelvis' where she encountered some fascinating old Roman nerve-centres).it looks as if she's decided to take up residence in Rattsliver Towers that ancient crumbling Edwardian ruin so much added to since it was built in 1911.' [the year of Rattigan's birth]. .'and brought her daughter 'Jaundice' to stay.' the letter continues over four pages.'I don't honestly know how long.maybe there's a wonder druggie, but I doubt it.sorry to be such a gloompot, but I had to tell someone.' At the top of the letter he has written in capitals 'NOT FOR THE MIDGET! (under any circs)'. After the light-heartedness and camp bitchiness of the other letters this last reveals something of the courage of the man as he faced the end. He died in Bermuda in 1977. William Chappell was a British dancer, ballet designer and director. He is most noted for his designs for more than 40 ballets or revues, including many of the early works of Sir Frederick Ashton and Dame Ninette de Valois. Housed in a custom solander box, with marbled inserts, silk tie and gilt titling. A marvellous archive of to date unpublished letters, much fascinating content besides these extracts, showing
No Easy Walk To Freedom

No Easy Walk To Freedom

Mandela, Nelson The First UK printing published by Heinemann, London in 1965. The BOOK is in near fine condition with a little toning to the page edges and some offsetting to the blank end-papers. Pink top-stain still present and bright. Free from inscriptions and erasures. The WRAPPER is complete and is in Very Good+ condition. Mild edge-wear with a little loss at the upper spine end involving the rear upper edge. Toning to the spine and folds. Small closed tears to the upper front edge and the front lower spine fold with a 4cm closed tear to the lower rear flap fold. Some age related markings with two small rubbed spots to the lower front cover. The wrapper presents well in the remote Brodart archival cover. An exceptionally scarce title and Nelson Mandela's first book containing his famous speech at the Rivonia Trial; now regarded as among the greatest speeches ever given. His closing statement is captured for the first time in this volume that states, 'During my lifetime I have dedicated myself to this struggle of the African people. I have fought against White domination and I have fought against Black domination. I have cherished the ideal of a democratic and free society in which all persons live together in harmony and with equal opportunities. It is an ideal which I hope to live for and achieve, but if need be, it is an ideal for which I am prepared to die'. It was to be nearly thirty years later that 'A Long Walk To Freedom' was published. Only the second copy we have handled. Collectible. Ashton Rare Books welcomes direct contact.
Little Tim And The Brave Sea Captain : With The Wrapper And Also A H/W Letter From The Person Confirming Them-self As The Model For ‘Tim’ : With The Wrappered First UK edition

Little Tim And The Brave Sea Captain : With The Wrapper And Also A H/W Letter From The Person Confirming Them-self As The Model For ‘Tim’ : With The Wrappered First UK edition

Ardizzone, Edward The First UK printing published by Oxford University Press, London in 1936 with the correct sequence 'London, New York, Toronto' to the title page. The BOOK is in Very Good condition. Some pushing and rubbing at the spine ends, corners, edges and folds. The binding remains tight and the pictorial cover design to the front panel remains bright. Internally light offsetting and spotting to the prelims. The page edges are toned and there is the occasional light mark and spotting to the edges in places. A small stain to the upper front corner which is present on all of the page upper corners but remains unobtrusive. Free from inscriptions and erasures. The fragile WRAPPER is complete and is in Very Good- condition with chips, closed tears, rubbing and creasing in places - see images. It is the correct first issue with blank flaps and no reviews. Some toning to the edges of the flap folds and spine. The wrapper comes together and presents well in the removable Brodart archival cover. Loosely inserted is a H/W letter from the person identifying themselves as the model for the character 'Tim' ; 'I can confirm that I am the small boy in the red polo jersey in Edward Ardizzone's 'Tim and the brave sea captain'. My father was a well known artist in the 1930's and a friend of Edward Ardizzone. When I sat as a model I was wearing the red jersey which was the school uniform for Arnold House School, London Road, Maida Vale, London.'. There is also a first UK issue wrappered edition of this title dating from 1944. This book is in very Good++ condition with no inscriptions. Some rubbing and creasing to the edges, spine and corners. This was Edward Ardizzone's first major work for children and the first title in the acclaimed 'Little Tim' series. Striking colour lithographs by Ardizzone throughout. The book was produced in large format and printed on one side of the paper only. This may have been due to the particularly humid summer in New York, where the book was printed, causing problems for the drying time for the printing inks - or possibly that the large book felt too thin if the pages were to be printed on both sides. A very scarce title with the wrapper. Collectible. More images available on request. Ashton Rare Books welcomes direct contact.
The Open Window Volumes 1 & 2

The Open Window Volumes 1 & 2, Numbers I – XII : The Complete Set : With The Original Wrappers

Yeats, J.B., Mansfield, Katherine, Forster, E.M. et al. A 2 Vols. set first published by Locke Ellis, London in 1910, and 1910-1911. Both BOOKS are in near Fine condition. Bound in full blue buckram, with vellum spines lettered in gilt. The spines are remarkably clean. Top edge gilt with other edges uncut and lightly toned. Some offsetting and spotting to the blank end-papers. Free from inscriptions and erasures. Very small 'Times Book Club ' stickers to the lower rear pastedowns.The WRAPPERS are complete and are in Very Good++ or better condition with just a little loss and rubbing at the spine tips. Some toning to the spine and the edges of the covers and flap folds. The cover artwork by Maxwell Armfield looks very striking in the removable brodart archival covers. Each volume contains six issues of the periodical. There were only twelve issues of this periodical in total. Literary contributors include: Edward Thomas, Stephen Reynolds, Robin Flower, Hugh de Selincourt, James Stephens, F. Tennyson Jesse, Gilbert Cannan, Frank Swinnerton, E.M. Forster, George Bourne, Katherine Mansfield, Herbert Trench, Keith Henderson, Beryl de Zoete, Maxwell Armfield, Douglas Goldring, W.H. Davies, Geoffrey Whitworth, Lord Dunsany, John Drinkwater, Walter de la Mare and Vivian Locke Ellis (who presumably was the editor and publisher). Artwork by: Keith Henderson, C.J. Holmes, Maxwell Armfield, C.M. Gere, Jack B. Yeats, Claude Shepperson, Norman Wilkinson, Auguste Rodin, Muirhead Bone, John Sloane, Gwen Raverat (under the name of Gwendolen Darwin) etc. Volume one includes Katherine Mansfield's 'A Fairy Story' (December 1910, printed when she was 22) - thus antedating by six months her first formal appearance in book form,''In a German Pension'.). The story is attributed to 'Katherina Mansfield' in the periodical. A scarce set on their own right but more-so with their wrappers in such collectible condition. More images available on request. Ashton Rare Books welcomes direct contact.