Forty Drawings.The University Press, Cambridge , 1946 Stock Code: 116705
NotesFirst edition, first impression, of Searle's first published work, a collection of drawings from his time as a Japanese prisoner of war between 1942 and 1945. Searle was captured in February 1942 whilst stationed in Singapore and set to work on the Siam-Burma Death Railway. He returned to England in October 1945 with the final defeat of the Japanese and an exhibition was held that December at the Cambridge School of Art, displaying more than 300 of Searle's drawings from the camp; 40 of these were selected from the exhibition and published here. This copy is from the library of Francis Robert Kelly, a contemporary American artist, with his inkstamp to the front free endpaper. Kelly enlisted in the US Navy in 1944, serving in the Pacific until 1948; in 1946 he took part in Operation Crossroads, the series of nuclear weapon tests carried out by the United States at Bikini Atoll.
Quarto. Original buff paper-covered boards, titles to front cover in black.
With 40 monochrome plates.
Wear to spine ends and tips, faint foxing to endpapers, otherwise internally fresh; an excellent copy.
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