One Hundred and Eleven Poems.London: The Golden Cockerel Press, 1955 Stock Code: 140576
First edition, number 529 of 445 copies bound thus; a further 105 signed copies with eight extra plates were also issued, all printed at the artist's expense. Sir William Russell Flint (1880-1969), was described by Charles Wheeler, president of the Royal Academy, as an artist of "a steady hand, keen eye and gay spirit in a shaky world" (ODNB). His illustrations sit, "somewhere between the art of striptease and the art of painting and drawing" (ibid.). This work excellently showcases Flint's "personal formula of idealized, eroticized, unindividualized female anatomy" which "finds a parallel in Herrick's personal fantasies" (Gertzman, p. 159). Flint remarked that for the present work "every detail of this book's design is my own, with good spirit and good care I have made the drawings as an affection tribute to Herrick" (ibid., p. 227).
Quarto. Original japon-backed blue cloth sides, titles to spine in gilt, publisher's device to front board in gilt, fore and bottom edge untrimmed. Housed in the blue cloth slipcase.
Text printed in red, green, blue, and black. Colour frontispiece and title page vignette, and 38 sepia illustrations.
A couple of marks to spine, overall a fine copy.
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