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FAWCUS, Arnold.

Skiing Simplified.

With a foreword by J. Palmer-Tomkinson. Drawings by Tyler Micoleau.

Published: London: Faber & Faber, 1949

Stock code: 107209

Price: £150

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First edition, first impression, presentation copy inscribed by Fawcus on the front free endpaper, “To Pat & Francoise, ‘Ski heil!’ Arnold December 1949” with a line drawn sketch of a skiier. Fawcus was Vice-Captain and Secretary of the Cambridge University Ski Team, in 1938 represented British Universities in the International Ski Meeting at Spiterstulen, Norway, from 1941-3 was Sergeant-Major in charge of Technique and Intelligence in 87th Mountain Infantry, Mountain Training Centre, Camp Hale, Colorado, U.S.A, and was one of the head ski instructors of U.S. Army mountain troops. He wrote the original draft of the American Military Ski Manual. From 1943-5 he was engaged in Secret Intelligence work in the French Alps and on the Swiss Border. In 1947 he was Director of Skiing at Yosemite National Park, California. At the time of the book’s publication he had moved to his new career, the publishing of fine art books and manuscripts in facsimile, and was working on the Trianon Press’s first great project, the facsimile of William Blake’s Jerusalem. The recipient of this presentation inscription was Patrick Macleod, who was director of the Trianon Press and Secretary of the William Blake Trust. Macleod, too, had seen service in the war, but in the warmer climes of North Africa, fighting alongside Montgomery against Rommel. He also helped to plan operation Overlord, and was at the D-Day landings. A great association of a book the is not common inscribed.

Octavo. Original blue cloth, titles to spine in white. With the dust jacket. Photographic plates, drawings by Micoleau in the text. A very good copy, cloth faintly rubbed and faded, in a rather chipped but intact jacket.

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