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Russian Icons. Forty-Eight Paintings in Full Color....
London, (1963). 9 x 10. 40 pages + 48 plates. Bound by Philip Smith in 1964 (blindstamp signed on rear pastedown), in rose and blue morocco inlaid stylized icons. In new deep blue & rose tray case by Barbara Blumenthal. Corners a bit rubbed, blue on spine faded. Very good. Inscribed by Smith opposite the title page to a fellow bookbinder: "To Joan, with many thanks for your continuing kindness. Philip." With a highly interesting 2-page autograph letter to Joan, dated 13 July 1970. In his letter Smith thanks Joan for the timely (but surprise) arrival of a cheque as they are packing up for a move, and the expensive has been far greater than expected. He was sorry to miss her at the Exhibition of Modern Bindings at Hatchards (where he didn't sell anything). ?Miss Greenhill will be pleased that you like her bindings. I think she is very much like you in her approach to bookbinding.? Smith goes on to discuss ?strange manifestations in bookbinding? (expects his are ?horrid to most people?), the Designer Bookbinders, other exhibitions. Smith sends this Russian Icons binding (possibly the most acceptable) in thanks for Joan?s help. A very appropriate and handsome binding by one of the most important British binders of the 20th century. It seems likely that Joan is Joan Rix Tebbutt....
      [Bookseller: The Veatchs Arts of the Book]
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