Beaumont Press & John Clare

Another title from this press, this time on Japanese vellum and featuring previously unpublished poems from the Peterborough Clare archive and illustrations from Randolph Schwabe at the start of each section.

Madrigals and Chronicles: being newly found poems written by John Clare, 1924, ed preface & commentary by Edmund Blunden. This is number 76 which is one of the copies signed by the editor artist and publisher (there are only 80 of these copies (five of which are not for sale)). There is an inscription of the previous owners name on the back of the front cover. The part of the spine on the inside of the cover is worn and teared in places and some of the paper on the back of the front cover is ripped. The corners of the covers (back and front) are worn and torn slightly. The white parts of the covers are dirty and there are some marks on the cover but cover still looks in very good condition. Green, off white and yellow decorative paper covers with vellum spine and gold title. Black and white illustrations throughout. – 3 tissued guarded plates and 5 full page illustrations plus small one on title page by Randolph Schwabe. 18th book from the press, several issues.

Edmund Blunden
Edmund Charles Blunden, CBE, MC (1 November 1896 – 20 January 1974) was an English poet, author and critic. Like his friend Siegfried Sassoon, he wrote of his experiences in World War I in both verse and prose. For most of his career, Blunden was also a reviewer for English publications and an academic in Tokyo and later Hong Kong. He ended his career as Professor of Poetry at the University of Oxford.

Randolph Schwabe
Randolph Schwabe, (9 May 1885 – 19 September 1948), was a draughtsmen, painter and etcher who was the Slade Professor of Fine Art at University College London from 1930 until his death. He served as a war artist in both World Wars, created designs for theatrical productions and illustrated a number of books.

 

 

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