A Fable of Love & War- A Romantic Poem, 1925
Curridge, Berkshire: R. N. Chubb, 1925. 8vo in illustrated wrappers. Deckled edges. 36 pp. In mylar protective cover. Small closed tears along edges of wrappers and moderate edgewear. Slight foxing to endpapers. In good condition nevertheless. First and limited edition, numbered 104 out of 200 copies. Bookseller’s notation on endpapers.
Ralph Chubb (b. 1892 – d. 1960) was an English poet, printmaker and artist. His work, heavily influenced by William Blake, combined an idiosyncratic blend of personal mythology, mystic christianity, arthurian romance, and spiritual and physical attraction to adolescent boys. Chubb came to fixate on the image of the adolescent boy as a symbol of passion and transcendence. This poem of love and loss is illustrated with 5 of the artist’s original visionary woodblock prints, plus a cover vignette. Printed by Chubb on his own home-made press.
London: Andrew Block, 1928. 8vo in marbled wrappers with paper label to front cover. Unpaginated, 56 pp., printed on recto only. loss of paper to head and tail of the spine, and throughout. Bottom right corner has moderate creasing; some tears and folds along edges. In fair condition, interior itself is still good however. First and limited edition –previous bookseller having numbered in pencil, “24/194.”
Collection of 12 original woodcuts which includes Chubb’s famous “Brothers” print among other Romantic depictions of love, nature, and embattlement.