Folio, pp. xviii, with several woodcut vignettes + 40 woodcuts on India paper tipped onto 36 leaves, each with captioned tissue guard + 1 woodcut of mouse to final leaf; some foxing and toning to endpapers and first few leaves at beginning and end, a little foxing elsewhere; overall very good in original brown cloth, woodcut pasted to upper cover, spine lettered in gilt, dust jacket; a few creases, chips (neatly repaired) and marks to dust jacket.
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Woodcuts. Examples of the work of Clare Leighton. With an introduction by Hilaire Belloc.
Number 103 of a limited edition of 450 copies, signed by Leighton, and with the dust jacket. A handsome collection of engravings executed by Leighton between 1923 and 1930, mostly comprising rural and coastal subjects taken in England, Toulon, Dalmatia, Genoa, New York, and Boston, as well as illustrations for Thomas Hardy’s Return of the native, and Thornton Wilder’s The bridge of San Luis Rey. Born in London, Leighton (1898-1989) studied wood-engraving at the Central School of Arts and Crafts. Her work in the 1920s earned her a reputation on both sides of the Atlantic, and in 1930 she gained first prize at the International Engravers Exhibition at the Art Institute of Chicago. In 1939 she settled in the United States, becoming a citizen in 1945.
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