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High Street

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Due to the scarcity of the book and the increased interest in Ravilious' work, the High Street book is generally sold in its entire published form. His enthusiasm for autolithography and children's books - he also launched the famous Puffin Picture Book series - made him the ideal publisher for High Street, although Ravilious also benefited from the invaluable support of the Curwen Press.

First published in 1938, this classic book introduces the British High Street, only 2000 copies of the original book were printed before the lithographic plates were destroyed in the London Blitz. Size 23 x 15cm (I did break the book decades ago, but I still have the covers and some of the spine. Bristol, United Kingdom I'm an art historian, curator and author with a leaning towards 20th/21st century British art and culture. Only 2,000 copies of the original book were printed before the lithographic plates were destroyed in the London Blitz during World War II.

A note on the transmatic dust jacket: the 1930s had seen a series of developments in the technology of plastics, and the production of cellophane had been one. This book has been out of print for many years but we still have the odd studio copy available - usually well loved, with the odd cover scratch, dent and bump. In this context the Mainstone Press is pleased to announce the publication, in early December 2008, of The Story of High Street.

How, we might wonder, was Ravilious inspired by the village itself, with its idiosyncratic mix of medieval, early modern and Victorian architecture, and its fanciful plasterwork? The illustrations by Eric Ravilious, which have been taken out and reproduced in separate editions by English art houses, are charming.

Founded by Simon and Angie Lewin in 2005, our online gallery presents a selection of limited edition original prints – available for purchase. Some of the data that are collected include the number of visitors, their source, and the pages they visit anonymously. A lovely, captivating, and beautifully-produced facsimile edition of a 1938 volume, with illustrations/lithographs by the incomparable Eric Ravilious.

Ravilious’s lithographs are magnificent, but the book itself was poorly designed, its pinched margins cramping both text and lithographs. A facsimile edition of the classic High Street, which pairs the timeless illustrations of Eric Ravilious with a fascinating text by architectural historian J. illustrated, 4to, dark blue cloth, paper title label mounted on upper cover, silver gilt spine title, paper-covered slipcase. As a result he's not quite as well known as his friends and contemporaries Paul Nash and Edward Bawden, but his cult status is rapidly turning into full blown 'major important artist' status. Publication dates are subject to change (although this is an extremely uncommon occurrence overall).Eric Ravilious (1903 – 1942) was an English artist working as a watercolourist, print maker, wood cutter, designer and book illustrator in between the wars England.

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