Wright, John Buckland
Surreal Times. The Abstract Engravings and War Time Letters of John Buckland Wright
Fleece Press, 2000. Hard Cover. 1 of 260 copies. This is one of 210 copies of the standard edition. It is the third book in a series of five works dedicated to the wood engravings of John Buckland Wright. The series was not intended to represent a set and to reinforce this, each volume was issued in a different size, format, and quantity. The first volume (1993) included all white-line and silhouette engravings of dancers and bathers. The second volume (1995) contained engravings of bathers or of women in watery landscapes. This third volume (2000) contains all the surrealist and abstract engravings from the time that Wright spent in both London and Paris just after the Second World War. It also contains copies of the letters he wrote to his wife Mary in 1946 which give his account of Paris after the war. The fourth volume (2004) contains free or autonomous prints, war engravings, book illustrations, commercial works, marks and unfinished engravings. The final volume is a descriptive catalog of all the blocks in Wright’s studio and provides an index of prints from the previous drawings. Fine in orange cloth backed patterned paper covered boards with black and gilt title label to spine. Filled with illustrations, most of which are tipped-in and several of which are printed in color. Printed on Magnani paper with Van Dijck type set by Peter J. Sanderson at Whittington with plates printed in Sheffield by J.W. Northend. Bound by Smith Settle in Otley. Housed in a matching orange cloth slipcase with grey paper covered panels. Light rubbing to case, else fine. 88 pages. PRI/122409. Fine in near fine slipcase.