• Liquor and Literature: Letters to John Lewis

    Edward Ardizzone, Introduced by Alan Powers

    One of two remarkable books from The Reading Room Press to have recently arrived in the shop. This collection of letters from Edward Ardizzone to John Lewis concerns his commission to illustrate the 1963 edition of Harveys Wine List. They are accompanied by eleven of the images from the list. Couple these to a preface by that ardent Ardizzonist Alan Powers, a full-sized reproduction of an ink and water-colour drawing hitherto in private hands since purchased in 1955, a contemporary interview with the artist and you have a train of literary and visual delight.

    150 copies set in Bembo, and bound in a Claret quarter-cloth and a patterned paper incorporating one of Ardizzone’s vignettes.

    Hardback £60.00
  • Thijs Mauve: Rotterdam Wood Engravings

    Thijs Mauve

    One of two remarkable books from The Reading Room Press to have recently arrived in the shop. Thijs Mauve [1915–1996] was a Dutch artist whose skills included wood engraving. Amongst the surviving blocks (some of which his widow has left to the Ashmolean Museum, Oxford) are a suite of ten images that he engraved for use in a book , published in 1949, commemorating the completion of the reconstruction of Rotterdam Harbour after its destruction during World War II. These are striking images and seemed to Reading Room Press well worth reproducing.

    Set in Lutetia and printed on Zerkall Ingres, the sheets French-folded, there will be 100 copies.

    Hardback £45.00
  • Pierre Bonnard: The Colour of Memory

    Edited by Matthew Gale

    From the exhibition at the Tate. This accompanying book focuses on Bonnard’s work from 1912-47, presenting both landscapes and intimate domestic scenes.

    Hardback £25.00
  • Pierre Bonnard: The Colour of Memory

    Edited by Matthew Gale

    From the exhibition at the Tate. This accompanying book focuses on Bonnard’s work from 1912-47, presenting both landscapes and intimate domestic scenes.

    Paperback £25.00
  • Thomas Gainsborough: The Portraits, Fancy Pictures and Copies after Old Masters

    Hugh Belsey

    Superb two-volume catalogue raisonné.

    Other £150.00
  • Nicholas Hilliard: Life of an Artist

    Elizabeth Goldring

    Published to mark the 400th anniversary of his death, this superb illustrated biography sets him within the political, social and cultural worlds of his age both among the Tudors and elsewhere in Europe.

    Hardback £40.00
  • Elizabethan Treasures: Miniatures by Hilliard and Oliver

    Catharine MacLeod

    Accompanies the exhibition at the National Portrait Gallery.

    Hardback £35.00
  • ‘The Most Beautiful Pastel Ever Seen’: The Chocolate Girl by Jean-Etienne Liotard

    Edited by Stephan Koja & Roland Enke

    A richly illustrated book that both explains the art of painting in pastels and also offers an overview of the incomparable Swiss artist.

    Hardback £32.00
  • The Existential Englishman: Paris Among the Artists

    Michael Peppiatt

    A love letter to Paris and a memoir of a life spent at its bohemian heart, from the author of books on Francis Bacon and Giacometti.

    Hardback £25.00