NICHOLSON (William). An Alphabet. Published... - Lot 271 - Ader

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NICHOLSON (William). An Alphabet. Published... - Lot 271 - Ader
NICHOLSON (William). An Alphabet. Published by R. H. Russell. New York. 1898. Large in-4 (31.5 x 25.8 cm). (27) ff., (1) small publisher's f. applied to the second flyleaf mentioning An Almanac of Twelve Sports for 1898: beige cloth spine with long title, laid paper covered boards, the first lithographed in black with a few red and brown touches, a printmaker, the second with the illustrated monogram of the publisher William Heinemann, red edges. A most artistically accomplished alphabet of the trades, twenty-six woodcuts, lithographed in color, designed by the English poster artist William Nicholson (1872-1949). A short training at the Julian Academy preceded his work as an engraver. His very personal technique of contrasting masses created the most beautiful British posters. He was also a painter and theater designer. One plate per letter of the alphabet with only one large figure in deep stylized blacks, lightened with different shades of ochre and a few dashes of red. The letter A (A was an Artist) is his self-portrait reflecting the triangular structure of the letter. The letter B (B for Beggar) represents his partner James Pryde, with whom he had created Beggarstaff. First American edition published the same year as the original English edition in London by William Heinemann. Spine frayed, spine partly split on the second board, first flyleaf detached.
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