Urne Buriall and the Garden of Cyrus with thirty drawings by Paul Nash; edited with an introduction by John Carter.

NASH Paul.; BROWNE Sir Thomas (1932.)


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With 32 illustrations, made up of fifteen full-page plates and seventeen smaller head- and tail-pieces; coloured through stencils at the Curwen Press over a lithographic key (printed by Charles Whittingham and Griggs). One of 215 copies, this copy unnumbered. Folio, bound to a design by Paul Nash in vellum with a large inlay of brown goatskin with two vellum onlays and tooled with a gilt design of an urn and a quincuncial lozenge lower cover tooled in gilt with morocco onlays; preserved in brown cloth slipcase. London, Curwen Press for Cassell & Co.



The vellum slightly discoloured, quite evenly, but a fine copy. This justly famous book was published during the height of the depression, when the market for de-luxe books was in a severe slump. As a result only some eighty copies were sold at the time of publication, bound by the firm of Nevetts Ltd. The balance was kept as unbound sheets, saved only from the indignity of remaindering by the efforts of Desmond Flower, the instigator of the book, and bound, over a period of many years, by Sangorski and Sutcliffe. The illustrations represent the crowning achievement of the Curwen Press's use of the pochoir technique. Urne Buriall is widely accepted as Paul Nash's masterpiece in book illustration and as one of the finest illustrated books produced in England this century.

Stock Code: 227156

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