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The First UK printing published by J.M.Dent, London in 1952. The BOOK is in Very Good condition. A little rubbed at the corners,spine ends and the spine folds. Light toning to the spine and cover edges. One small neat previous owner's name to the edge of the upper front end paper. Light toning to the text block and page edges. The WRAPPER is complete and is in Very Good condition. It is the correct first issue bearing the price of 9s. 6d. net to the front upper flap. Some edge wear with creasing and loss to the spine ends and edges. Some closed tears at the upper spine area and flap folds. The wrapper comes together and presents very well in the removable Brodart archival cover. The Book has been Signed by the author to the half-title: 'With love to dear Ray, from Mary Norton , Oct. 1953'. There is also a tipped in woodcut Christmas card to the verso of the frontispiece. This card has also been signed by the author; 'with love from Mary Norton'. Housed within a custom slipcase. The first title in the acclaimed 'Borrowers' series which has become part of English Folklore, a tribute to the author's astonishing skill in creating her believable family of tiny people, the sombre chiaroscuro drawings by Diana Stanley perfectly matching the authors style. Housed in a custom slipcase. Very scarce with such attributes. More images available on request. Ashton Rare Books welcomes direct contact.Read more

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Death in The Making CAPA Robert &; TARO Gerda; ALLEN Jay Preface...

Profusely illustrated with 148 b&w photos. First edition. 4to (279 x 215mm). [96], pp. Original drab olive cloth, titles in reverse on black labels to spine and upper board, photo-illustrated dust jacket (cloth with some minor foxing to spine and edges, front hinge cracked but firmly holding; dust jacket restored and laid on to backing paper, toned with colouring to areas of loss at head and foot of spine, edges and to the photograph on the rear panel, two small chips to the spine). New York, Covici Friede. In the summer of 1936, Robert Capa made the first of several trips to Spain to cover the early stages of the Civil War. He was accompanied by his lover Gerda Taro, a talented young photographer who was probably the first woman to photograph on the front line, she was also the first to be killed in the course of her work when she was accidentally crushed by a tank near Brunete in July 1937. The book is in many ways a memorial to Taro, as Capa?s eloquent printed dedication declares: ?For Gerda Taro, who spent one year at the Spanish Front, and who stayed on. Madrid, December, 1937. RC.? The dust jacket, hugely scarce in any condition, features Capa?s truly iconic photograph of a Republican soldier at the precise moment of his death. Perhaps the ?single most famous Spanish Civil War photograph?, described by Carey Nelson as: ?Hurled backward by the force of the bullet that has just struck his head, his body has not yet given up the gestural memory of his forward motion. Caught in mid-air, his hand still half clinging to his rifle, his leather cartridge boxes still ready at his waist, he seems at once to stride forward and collapse in death. He is eerily in between, at an impossible place of transition between life and death. The camera has somehow caught a moment that would ordinarily pass too quickly for human perception? (Nelson, 1997, The Aura of The Cause, p. 313). Although there has been some speculation as to the authenticity of the image, extensive research by Carey Nelson has all-but proven the identity of the victim to be Federico Borrell Garcia, nicknamed 'Taino', a twenty-four year old anarchist, mill worker from Alcoy and was also the sole Republican soldier shot on that particular stretch of the Cordoba front on September 5, 1937 (Nelson, op cit.). The layout of Death in the Making was done by André Kertész, Capa?s friend, mentor and fellow Hungarian. Shortly after he arrived in Paris in the spring of 1934, whilst living in near poverty, Capa met Kertész, who loaned him money, found him work, and taught him about photography. It was also in Paris at around this time that Capa met Henri Cartier-Bresson and David ?Chim? Szymin (Seymour). It contains not just Capa?s own photographs, including many that defined and revolutionised modern war photography, but also a number by Taro. Provenance: from the library Michael Lefebvre, author of Guerra Grafica. Espagne, 1936-1939: photographes, artistes et écrivains en guerre (2013), with his ink stamp to verso of last page.Read more

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