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ARDIZZONE, Edward (lithographs), & Maurice Gorham (text).

The Local.

Published: London: Cassell & Co, Ltd, 1939

Stock code: 92668

Price: £1,250

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First edition, sole impression. “Ardizonne’s illustrations are generally concerned with contemporary life untouched by political, religious or ideological conflicts. His approach is not satiric or moralistic but autobiographical, and his drawings are representational and humourous and demonstrate his affection for people” (The Dictionary of 20th Century British Book Illustrators). The book’s scarcity is explained by Maurice Gorham in his Foreword to their follow-up book Back to the Local (1949): “[The Local’s] career ended when unsold copies, sheets, and plates of the drawings went up together in the burning of Cassells’ premises in Belle Sauvage Yard [during the Blitz]”.

Octavo. Original grey boards printed in red and black. With 15 four-colour lithographic plates, including one double-page. Small chip to head of toned spine, a couple of short superficial tears to spine and joints. An excellent copy and scarce in this condition.

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