Edward James. Illustrated by Jorg v. Reppert-Bismarck.
Duckworth. London. 1934. First edition. Colophon reads 'This edition limited to ninety copies of which only seventy-five are for sale. These are numbered and signed by the author.' This copy is neither signed or numbered. Hardback, quarto; bound in cloth, with panelled sections in different colours, gilt title. xxx, 36 pages. 7 b&w illustrations. English. 285 x 225mm. 0.6kg. . Very good; some rubbing to boards and spine, slight dustiness to top edge, small remains of stick to front pastedown.
'The ominous picture on your nursery wall
has oftern made you wonder what might all
those clustered roofs ascending up a hill
well cover in of good or sad or ill.'
In Reading into the Picture Edward James provides the reader with a lengthy introduction and parts one and two of an epic poem. He indicates that there will be a 'Part IIIIII before the action can have run its full course.' The text is illustrated with line drawings by Jorg (Yorck) von Reppert-Bismarck. He and his wife Jack are perhaps best known for providing two of the circus figures in Cecil Beaton's Circus Bedroom at Ashcombe. There was a falling out when Rex Whistler was caught in the act of embellishing Jorg's strongman.