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Kokoschka. Life and Work.

With two essays by Oskar Kokoschka and a foreword by Herbert Read.

Published: London: Faber and Faber Limited, 1947

Stock code: 81036

Price: £975

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First edition, first impression. Presentation copy inscribed by Kokoschka on the front free endpaper, “Dearest Barbara and Jay Will, I know you are building a great myth in your hearts, may fate (which IS linked to myth in the imagination of the believer) grow in your mind to reality, you are holding it in your palms already – the wonder! I love you Oskar Kokoschka – Firenze XII, 1948.” The recipients were the poets Barbara Howes and William Jay Smith, whose bookplate is present and who married in 1947 and moved briefly to Italy, where this book was inscribed in reference to their building a new life together. A wonderful presentation.

Octavo. Original yellow cloth, titles to spine gilt on red ground. With the dust jacket. Tipped-in colour frontispiece and four plates, 60 pages of monochrome plates, illustrations within the text. Cloth a little dulled with a few small rubbed spots, hinges cracked. A very good copy in the rubbed and creased jacket with a chip from the tail of the spine panel which has been loosely retained within the book and a closed tear to the upper panel.

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