Places: 7 Prints From Woodblocks Designed and Engraved by Paul Nash.
Limited edition; 4to; original cloth backed boards with the first print repeated on the front cover. Signed by Nash, this being number 47 of 55 copies on japon paper with designs printed directly from the woodblocks. Places is unique among Nash's illustrated books for, apart from the printing it is entirely his own work. He wrote the 'prose poems' designed the cover, title page and illustrations and the text is printed in a facsimile of his hand writing. Claire Colvin writes that 'Places is a very private book; all the locations are ones which Nash had a very strong personal involvement'. This example is preserved in the rare original box covered in paper design by Nash, large printed label on upper cover, one joint neatly repaire. Fine a lovely copy, with a bump to one corner.
A Portfolio of Twenty Four Wood-Engravings.
Twenty four wood-engravings on Japanese Hosho paper with blind-stamp of Paul Nash Trust, each tipped into card aperture mount, loose with introductory booklet in original patterned-paper board drop-back box, 8vo. Number 44 of an edition of 60. Fine.
EIGHT ORIGINAL DRAWINGS CREATED IN FRENCH PRISONER OF WAR CAMP
WORLD WAR ONE: KURZWEG, Georg
Eight original drawings (five in pen and ink and three in pencil) and one hand-drawn postcard (postmarked 1 June 1915). Together with a sketchbook containing some superb pencil exercises done while Kurzweg was still at school. All contained within a contemporary cloth portfolio. The drawings are mostly dated 1916, either Toulouse or Villeneuve; the portfolio is marked as 'a memento of my time as a prisoner, 1915-16'. The drawings depict the life of a soldier and prisoner: cleaning the communication trenches ('we did this for a fortnight' 1915); portraits of comrades (Anton Gussner, 'who made me coffee; the teacher Rosner, 'drawn by candlelight 1917'); queuing for food in the camp; a soldier writing at a desk; a political caricature; 'Hans Meyer studying'; a soldier repairing his uniform (this in colour). The latter two were subsequently published in the charity publication Deutsche Kriegsgefangenenkunst (Bern, 1918); two copies are included here with the drawings.