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ARDIZZONE, Edward, & Maurice Gorham.

The Local.

Published: London: Cassell & Co, Ltd, 1939

Stock code: 109863

Price: £1,500

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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, titles to spine and front cover in red and black. With the original glassine dust jacket with paper flaps, as issued. With 15 four-colour lithographic plates, including one double-page by Edward Ardizzone. Some faint toning to boards; an exceptional copy in the scarce dust jacket, with partial loss to panels and spine at head and foot.

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