FOUR WOOD ENGRAVINGS MADE BY ERIC RAVILIOUS IN 1933 FOR THE GOLDEN HOURS PRESS' FAMOUS TRAGEDY OF THE RICH JEW OF MALTA

FOUR WOOD ENGRAVINGS MADE BY ERIC RAVILIOUS IN 1933 FOR THE GOLDEN HOURS PRESS' FAMOUS TRAGEDY OF THE RICH JEW OF MALTA

([West Yorkshire]: The Fleece Press, [1998]).

FIRST EDITION AND ONE OF ONLY 120 SETS PRODUCED, PRINTED FROM THE ORIGINAL 1933 WOODBLOCKS FROM THE ESTATE OF THE ARTIST. Ravilious engraved more than 400 illustrations and drew over 40 lithographic designs for books and publications during his relatively short lifetime. His first commission, in 1926, was to illustrate a novel for Jonathan Cape. He went on to produce work both for large companies such as the Lanston Corporation, but less commercially he was noticed by several of the Private Presses and produced small-run editions for publishers such as the Golden Cockerel Press (for whom he illustrated an edition of Twelfth Night),the Curwen Press, the Cresset Press, and the Golden Hours Press, whose RICH JEW OF MALTA was printed in a run of only 250 copies. In 1942, while serving as a war artist, he died when the aircraft he was in was lost in the North Sea. Item #28129

A LIMITED PRINTING OF ONLY 120 SETS. RARE in the marketplace. Four prints pressed from the original 1933 woodblocks by artist Eric Ravilious, and with a leaf of text additional. 10.5" x 8" leaves, laid into a portfolio of cream paper printed in red and black. A pristine set, as perfect and mint.

Price: $750.00