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.
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.
The beautifully-produced catalogue of a wonderful exhibition that has moved from Cyprus to Athens and now to the British Museum. The friendship of these three men lasted five decades, and is illustrated by a profusion of paintings, letters, photographs, etc. The labyrinthine network of their circle (Stephen Spender, Ann Fleming, Lucian Freud, Nikos Kazantsakis…) is a roll-call of lasting fascination.
We have imported this from Cyprus, and believe stock may prove limited.