London: Percy Lund, Humphries & Company LTD, 1957. First edition. Hardcover. Large Quarto. xliii, 277 (1), xxx pp., 116 plates, 32pp., 177 plates. Original pictorial dustjackets over white, blue and black cloth with black lettering on covers and spine. Frontispiece collotype, vol. 1, 4th ed., frontispiece photograph, vol. 2, 2nd ed., double-spread color frontispiece, vol. 3, 1st ed.
The fourth revised edition of volume one contains more than 140 new blocks, many of them illustrating sculptures and drawings which have not hitherto appeared in any publication, and a wealth of new information, largely pertaining to chronology. The style and arrangement of the plates have been radically changed in conformity with the principles followed in the second volume, published in 1955. Volume one contains 255 halftone reproductions of sculptures and 144 drawings and a new frontispiece.
The second edition of volume two, 1949–1954, covers a period in the artist's development notable for large sculptures on a monumental scale and with public theme. These major works are comprehensively illustrated, with a profusion of views and details and in certain cases photographs of earlier stages in their making. Over 160 illustrations are reproduced, and they include a section devoted to the sculptor's drawings which in many instances show his original conceptions for the sculptures. Text and plate sections of the original are preserved virtually intact, an important edition is the catalogue of all the sculpture of the period, compiled by Alan Bowness.
Volume three is a magnificent illustrated record of the artist's sculpture in the ten years from the beginning of 1955 to the end of 1964. It reveals the remarkable development in style and a richness and grandeur of production. The illustrations have been the selected by the artist and the editor, Alan Bowness, who has also been responsible for the catalogue, etc. Almost all the photographs, a total of 179 plates, were taken by the sculptor, or under his supervision.
Our descriptive text is copied from or closely based on publisher's description. All volumes contain stylish exlibris in red on front free endpapers, respectively inside front cover. Dustjackets with light wear along edges, price clipped and lightly rubbed. Bindings with light wear along edges. Interiors with light age toning along edges not affecting images. Dustjackets in overall good, bindings and interiors in very good condition. g to vg. Item #42919