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RAVILIOUS, Eric; RICHARDS, J.M.

High Street.

Stock Code
103071
London, Curwen Press for Country Life Ltd., 1938
£5,000

Eric Ravilious, (1903-1942) artist, designer and wood-engraver, produced his first lithograph in 1936 entitled 'Newhaven Harbour', which was printed by the Curwen Press. The 'High Street' series of lithographs was created between 1936 and 1937 based on an idea of an 'alphabet of shops' given to him by his partner, Helen Binyon. Ravilious had initially proposed it to the Golden Cockerel Press, with whom he had previously worked, but they were unable to undertake such an ambitious project whereas Curwen's great interest in the area of lithography saw them subsidise the project. Ravilious drew the images directly on the stone at the Curwen Press premises and the exquisitely executed colour plates show a range of shop fronts including an undertaker, an oyster bar, a baker confectioner, and a cheesemonger.

Although not a limited edition, only about 2000 copies were ever printed as all the lithographic plates were destroyed during the Blitz.

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Description

First edition, sole impression; 8vo; 24 colour lithograph plates and plain wood-engraved title vignette by Eric Ravilious; publisher's pictorial boards, with the 'transmatic' dust jacket and printed card flaps, a superb copy in the rare cellophane dust-jacket with printed paper flaps, cellophane shrunk as usual with front flap separated, nevertheless a stunning copy of a vulnerable book.

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