Poems.London: Edward Walters & Geoffrey Miller, 1932 Stock Code: 139595
First edition, number 35 of 250 copies only, of this attractively produced and illustrated collection of poems. Alice Withrow Field (1909-1960) was a sex researcher, criminologist, and social scientist, whose seminal work Protection of Women and Children in Soviet Russia was also published in 1932. This edition is now uncommon and has been traced at 13 institutions worldwide.
The publisher Edward Walters was an engraver associated with the artists of the Guild of St Joseph and St Dominic, a Roman Catholic arts and crafts community founded at Ditchling in the late 1910s by Hilary Pepler, Eric Gill, Joseph Cribb, and Desmond Chute. Walters worked with Pepler as an engraver for a time before establishing his own press with the illustrator of this work, Geoffrey Miller, in Primrose Hill in 1929.
Field's papers are now held at The Kinsey Institute for Research in Sex, Gender and Reproduction at Indiana University.
Octavo (174 x 110 mm). Contemporary amateur red crushed morocco, spine ruled in compartments in gilt with raised bands, front cover lettered in gilt by hand within three frames ruled in gilt, matching frames to rear cover, turn-ins ruled in gilt, marbled endpapers.
Illustrations from wood blocks drawn and engraved by Geoffrey Miller.
Rubbing to joints and extremities, a couple of small scratches to covers, offsetting to endpapers from turn-ins, contents clean, text crisp; a very good copy indeed.
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