For YOU the War is Over.London: For the Author, at the Falcon Press, 1948 Stock Code: 124643
First and only edition, this copy signed at the conclusion of his Preface by Bill Bowes, probably the best bowler of the interwar period, like Horner a Yorkshireman, and a fellow POW in Italy. Before the war, Horner had trained at Leeds Art College, subsequently taking up work at a commercial studio. He won a competition to become war artist with the Sunday Chronicle, and was was captured in the Western Desert, spending the rest of the war in a succession of camps in Italy and Germany, as chronicled here. Following liberation he became chief illustrator at The Autocar, where he remained until his retirement in 1980. He died in 2006. Bowes writes of the camp Art Club; "They gave us some wonderful exhibitions, and from the first the work of Gordon Horner aroused general admiration". Which is no wonder at all, as his sketches both in black and white - "in those early days when we had no paints" - and colour; portraiture and landscape; at the front and in camp, are extremely evocative.
Landscape octavo (181 x 244 mm). Green skiver-backed cream linen boards, title gilt to the spine. With dust jacket.
12 tipped-in coloured plates after watercolours by Horner and profusely illustrated, many full page illustrations from his excellent pen and ink and charcoal sketches, including portraits and cartoons.
Jacket with a few nicks, chips, and closed tears, extremities of spine a little worn and with loss of colour, cloth a little cockled where overlapping with skiver spine, back cover a little splayed, endpapers foxed, yet this remains a very good copy.
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