New York: Payson & Clarke, 1926. First Trade Edition. Uncommon illustrated bestiary, featuring stunning Art Deco woodcuts by British illustrator and sculptor Leon Underwood. Underwood (1890-1975) was best-known as a sculptor and as the teacher of Henry Moore, but he produced notable work in a variety of media (even working as a camofleur in the First World War). This a rather uncommon work. There was a simultaneous deluxe edition (twenty-eight copies) on Japan paper, but oddly there does not appear to have been a British edition. Quarto (26cm). Black cloth-covered boards, front cover lettered in green with on-laid pictorial label; pp; illus. 20 full-page illustrations, plus head- and tail-pieces and endpaper ornaments by the author. Slight external wear, with negligible fading to spine and board edges; offsetting to text from facing plates; still a tight, straight and unmarked copy, Very Good to Near Fine. Lacking the presumed dustwrapper. (Inventory #: 31447)
The history, literature, and art of American social movements, including Civil Rights, Feminism, Labor History, Radical Politics, and Counterculture.
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