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Our focus in this area is primarily on the early 20th Century with an emphasis on Dada and Surrealist movements in Europe and America. However, listings are not limited to those movements.

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A.J.P. Taylor (intro.), with contributions by Charlotte and Tim Benton, William Feaver, Simon Jervis, Carol Hogben, Ian Jeffrey and David Coachworth et al., Thirties: British Art and Design Before the War, London, Arts Council of Great Britain, 1979, first edition, 4to (8.25" x 10.5"), SB in dj, b/w illus wraps in original vellum dj, VG+ / VG+. Former French bookseller's label to inner wrap. Minor edgewear to vellum dustcover at spine extremities.

320 pp. including index. Profuse b/w illustration, some full page color plates. Issued in conjunction with an exhibition at the Hayward Gallery, London, 10.25.76 - 1.13.80, organized by the Arts Council of Great Britain in collaboration with the Victoria & Albert Museum. Biographies, select bibliography, index. Essays by A.J.P. Taylor, Ian Jeffrey, William Feaver, Charlotte & Tim Benton, Carol Hogben, Susan Lambert, Simon Jervis, Valerie Mendes, Jennifer Hawkins, David Coachworth, Shirley Bury, Roger Pinkham, & Brian Lacey.

Exhaustive reference charting British art, the decorative and applied arts and design prior to the Second World War. Included in this survey are works of fine art, architecture, graphic design, prints and book illustration, furniture, textiles, ceramics and glass, studio pottery, silverwork and jewellery, stained glass, transport and photography. Contents: Decorative arts (Arts & Crafts, revivals, fine handcrafts & domestic accessories, Jazz Modern & International Modern), Painting and Sculpture (the older and the younger generations), Graphics, Architecture: a spectrum of styles, Tilly Losch's Bathroom, The Modern Movement in decorative arts, publications, and architecture, Communications & Commerce, Money Supply, Posts & Telegraphs, Broadcasting House, Imperial Air, Shell Advertising, Rail Travel, Design and London Transport, Record Achievements, Motorcycles & Cars, Design & Industries, Society Observed in painting, photography & architecture, The 'Minimum' Flat, Leisure, War.

Designers, retailers and manufacturers featured include:

Alvar Aalto, Edward Ardizzone, Francis Bacon, M H Baillie Scott, Edward Barnsley, Edward Bawden, Cecil Beaton, Harry Beck, Peter Behrens, Vanessa Bell, Marianne Brandt, Frank Brangwyn, Marcel Breuer, Blackie & Co, Alexander Calder, Hugh Casson, Alberto Cavalcanti, Copeland, Serge Chermayeff, Wells Coates, E K Cole, Curwen Press, Salvador Dali, Dunn's of Bromley, Doulton, E Maxwell Fry, Walter Gropius, Ambrose Heal, Heal & son, Isokon, E G Malindine, Raymond McGrath, Paul Nash, John Nash, John Piper, James Powell & Son, PEL, Eric Ravilious, Henry Moore, Edwin Lutyens, Ronald Grierson, Raymond Loewy, Stanley Spencer, Wedgewood, Lubetkin and Tecton, Reid Railton, E McKnight Kauffer, Edmund Dulac, Eric Gill, Ben Nicholson, Bernard Leach, William Staite Murray, Charles Vyse, Gispen, William Moorcroft and Keith Murray and many others.

This comprehensive volume is an important, vital reference work for enthusiasts of 20th C design and the decorative arts, and for collectors, dealers and historians. A particularly nice copy.    [Book ID # 1699]


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