John Austen (1886-1948)

Son of a carpenter, with a love of classical art. A well known book illustrator using many techniques, he lived an aesthete life-style in London and illustrated dozens of books in the 1920s, over 40 in all.john-austen

Due to ill health he moved to the Kent country and his style changed from one inflenced by Beardsley (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pfbHz2hae4Q shows images from 1922 Hamlet in this style and gives a more detailed biographical note), then Art Deco, to one influenced by Sturge Moore.

The Frogs, produced for the Limited Editions Club in 1937, contains his most well known wood engravings. The Limited Editions Club of New York, was founded by George Macy in 1929, aiming to use commercial printers to get larger editions of nice quality items out: 250 books were produced for the 1500 members, a lot of British wood engravers contributing to them.

Near Fine in a Near Fine chemise and good slipcase (outer slipcase has a 3.5 inch piece missing from side near opening. Covered in rough Dutch linen stamped in ink with a drawing from the book. Covers have a couple of very light tan spots. Pages are clean, tight and unmarked. Translated from the Greek by William J. Hickie. Designed by Jan van Krimpen. Illustrated with fine wood engravings by John Austen. numbered. Size: 4to – over 9¾” – 12″ tall  Copy #848 of 1500

 

 

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