The Last of Uptake or The Estranged Sisters

The Last of Uptake or The Estranged Sisters
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The Last of Uptake or The Estranged SistersThe Last of Uptake or The Estranged SistersThe Last of Uptake or The Estranged Sisters

Simon Harcourt-Smith. Blurb by Rebecca West. Illustrated by Rex Whistler.

Solstice Productions. London. 1967. Reprint. First published by Batsford in 1942. Hardback; red cloth-bound boards, dust jacket. 80 pages. Colour frontispiece, 11 full-page illustrations (1 in colour), 10 text illustrations by Whistler. English. 250 x 190mm. 0.4kg. . Very good, in very good dust jacket; slight soiling and browning to jacket, slight shelf wear, not price-clipped.

A reissue of Simon Harcourt-Smith's tale of grandeur and folly, decorated by Rex Whistler. The story centres around a country house Uptake and the problems of inheritance. The setting plays to Whistler's strengths, with charming illustrations of rococo, classical and gothic architecture and follies. Harcourt-Smith wrote the text to amuse his wife Rosamund during the Blitz when she was laid up in plaster after a motoring accident. The illustrations are some of the last that Rex Whistler completed. [Whistler & Fuller. The Work of Rex Whistler. No.499]


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