Aftermath: Seven Poems and Wood Engravings
COOK, J. Kingsley
London Centaur Press. 1986.
Limited edition; number 3 of 4 specially-bound copies with 2 signed prints on Japanese silk paper; original red morocco, folio. Poems and Wood Engravings from drawings made in London and Bristol after the air raids of the Second World War. With 3 A.Ls.s. & 1 T.L.s. from the author/artist to Anthony Dowd concerning the binding plus alternative leather samples and prospectus & invoice all loosely inserted. The additional prints are tipped into wrappers. All protected together in a cloth slip-case. During World War II, Cook served as a wireless operator in the Merchant Navy and was shipwrecked in October 1941 and spent several days in an open boat in the Mediterranean when his ship, the Empire Guillemot, on route from Malta, was attacked and sunk. Cook was then held captive in prisoner-of-war camps in Algeria for a year. While at sea and in the camps, Cook continued to sketch and, when possible, paint. In due course, the War Artists' Advisory Committee acquired some nine examples of these works and they are now held in the Imperial War Museum. Fine.