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All This and Bevin Too.
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(PEAKE, Mervyn, illustrator.) CRISP, Quentin.

All This and Bevin Too.

Published: London: Nicholson & Watson, 1943

Stock code: 103875

Price: £275

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First edition, first impression, scarce. “In 1943 [Crisp] wrote a pamphlet and got his Chelsea neighbour Mervyn Peake to illustrate it. The pamphlet consisted of forty-eight ‘rather clumsy verses of angerless satire’ directed at the Ministry of Labour [headed by Ernest Bevin]. Quentin tells us he dashed these off in two afternoons but after ensnaring the cooperation of Mervyn Peake, recently invalided out of the army and then the most fashionable illustrator in England, the book sailed into print. All This and Bevin Too was not a great success – when Quentin crept into Hatchards to see how it was selling, the only customer showing an interest in it turned out to be Mr Peake himself” (Andrew Barrow, Quentin & Philip: A Double Portrait).

Octavo. Original pictorial wrappers, with design by Peake in black and titles in red on front cover. 7 full-page illustrations by Mervyn Peake. Neat ownership inscription at head of front cover. Front cover lightly toned, small tear at foot. A very good copy.

Bibliography: Watney, Mervyn Peake, p. 248.

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