Cleverdon, Douglas [David Jones] : The Engravings of David Jones. A Survey By Douglas Cleverdon


 

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London, Clover Hill Editions, 1981, Limited Edition. Hardcover, 4to 11" - 13" tall, x + 58 [2] + 96 leavespp. Original buckram boards with decorative gilt titles to upper board and leather spine label bearing gilt titles on spine, teg others untrimmed, bookplate (Philip Le Brocq) to front pastedown else internally clean and bright, No.140 of 260 copies printed on Velin d’Arches, designed and printed by Will and Sebastian Carter at the Rampant Lions Press with the majority of the plates being printed from the original wood-blocks. The book contains an overview of Jones' work as a wood engraver as well as a list of his engravings, a list of the books for which he produced work and the 96 pages of engravings. Heavy item, may incur additional shipping costs for international delivery.

David Jones (1895-1974) is best known as a poet and a painter. His education included four years (1910-1914) at the Camberwell School of Arts and Crafts and from there he enlisted as a private in the Welch Fusiliers and was wounded on the Somme. After the war he converted to Catholicism and went to work under Eric Gill, first at Ditchling and then at Capel-y-ffin. For a time Jones was engaged to one of Gill's daughters but she called off the engagement. Jones never would marry, his absorption in his work making such a relationship near impossible, but he maintained a circle of friends who were devoted to him, including Douglas Cleverdon and Robert Gibbings, owner of the Golden Cockerel Press. Jones had an intensity that perhaps underlies the brilliance of his work and which may have also contributed to his several breakdowns, but it is that intensity that made one of the foremost engravers of his generation.

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