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RANSOME, Arthur (1884-1967) | WEBB, Clifford (1894-1972)
SWALLOWS & AMAZONS
Jonathan Cape, 1931. Inscribed by Webb on the endpaper to his close friend Robert Cleveland-Stevens (1920-2019), "To Robbie with many thanks Clifford Webb, Oct. 1931". First Illustrated (second) edition, with illustrations by Clifford Webb. 350 pages; 28 plates incl. frontis, in-text illusts, colour mapped endpapers and map of "Wild Cat Island" (by Steven Spurrier). Original blue cloth with the unclipped dust-jacket. Cloth slightly foxed with narrow strips of discolouration, gilt lettering to front and spine; jacket rubbed at extremities, lower edge of spine and points of corners with some light soiling to back panel. Clifford Webb was born in London on 14th March 1894 and grew up in London's Docklands. He was the youngest of four children very much working class which meant options as an artist were restricted. However aged sixteen he won a place as a Lithographer's apprentice. which enabled him to develop his printmaking and illustration skills.When war broke out in 1914 he enlisted as a Calvary Officer seeing terrible action on The Western Front, and at Gallipoli before being posted to India. Following wounds suffered in action which developed into sepsis he was discharged out of the army and headed back to England where, from 1919 to 1922 he studied at the Westminster School of Art under Walter Bayes and Bernard Meninsky. Webb associated himself with the Artist's Craftsman's Group and was a founder-member of the Society of Wood Engravings. Between 1937 and 1954 he illustrated eight books for the Golden Cockerel Press.Ransome did not like the illustrations produced by St … [Click Below for Full Description]
Bookseller: Worlds End Bookshop (ABA, PBFA, ILAB) [LONDON, United Kingdom]
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