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RANSOME, Arthur (1884-1967) | WEBB, Clifford (1894-1972)
SWALLOWDALE
London : Jonathan Cape, 1931. First Edition. With illustrations by Clifford Webb. 453 pages plus the scarce advertisement leaf a the back which is unnumbered and of slightly smaller format; 30 plates incl. frontispiece and numerous woodcuts in the text and coloured mapped endpapers (both front and back with slight off-setting from jacket flaps). Original blue cloth with the unclipped dust-jacket (showing correct price of 7s 6d. net). Dust-jacket expertly restored in several places. The second book in the Swallows & Amazons series. Inscribed by Webb on the endpaper to Robert Cleveland-Stevens (1920-2019), "To Robbie from Clifford Webb, Nov. 1931". 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. Webb produced illustrat … [Click Below for Full Description]
Bookseller: Worlds End Bookshop (ABA, PBFA, ILAB) [LONDON, United Kingdom]
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