Frontispiece to Poems From the Desert
(Engraving) Gooden, Stephen
Price: 250.00 USD
London: Harrap, 1944. Original proof engraving, signed and dated by the artist. 1 vols. 4 inches in diameter. One of a small number of proofs pulled in addition to the 110 impressions bound into the de luxe edition of the book, which consisted of poems written by members of Britain's Eighth Army in WWII. Stephen Gooden (1892-1955) was the most accomplished line engraver of his time. He illustrated a number of books, among them the Nonesuch Press Bible, the Rubaiyat, the Fables of La Fontaine, George Moore's The Brook Kerith, and Aesop's Fables. In addition, he produced a notable series of bookplates, including a number for The Royal Family, and was the official designer to the Bank of England. Because his work invariably appeared in limited editions, which restricted the public's access to his work, he is not as well known--particularly in America--as he deserves to be, but his work is unsurpassed. Post-Campbell Dodgson Fine condition, in mount.