Old Manor Houses

With an Original Pen-and-Ink Sketch by Cecil Aldin

ALDIN, Cecil. Old Manor Houses. London: William Heinemann, [n.d., 1924].

First edition. Limited to 380 numberedcopies (this being copy No. 288), signed by the author/artist, with an original pen-and-ink sketch beneath the signature. Large quarto (11 1/4 x 8 1/2 inches; 285 x 225 mm.) [8], 108, [1], [1, printer’s device] pp. Twelve color plates mounted on dark brown stock, with captioned tissued guards, and numerous black and white text illustrations.

Original quarter vellum over boards. Front cover and spine lettered in gilt. Top edge gilt, others uncut. Light soiling and rubbing to corners. A very good copy.

Cecil Aldin (1870-1935) “was a most prolific artist and illustrator. While living in London, he became friends with the Beggarstaff Brothers (see Houfe under William Nicholson and James Pryde), John Hassall, Phil May and Dudley Hardy, and their influence on his work was great. He produced a great number of prints, a select list of which is included with a comprehensive bibliography in Heron’s book [Cecil Aldin: The Story of a Sporting Artist (1981)]. He did a great deal of advertising work, including posters, for such companies as Bovril, Colman (manufacturers of starch and mustard), and Cadbury’s, and Royal Doulton produced about sixty items with Aldin drawings between 1910 and 1939. Horses, dogs and the English countryside were the major topics of Aldin’s illustrations. The obituary in The Times asserted that ‘there never yet has been a painter of dogs fit to hold a candle to him…Cecil Aldin can justly be described as one of the leading spirits in the renaissance of British sporting art’” (Alan Horne, The Dictionary of 20th Century British Book Illustrators, p. 67). Books written and illustrated by Aldin include Old Inns (1921); Old Manor Houses (1923); Cathedral[s] and Abbey Churches of England (1924); Romances of the Road (1928); An Artist’s Models (1930); Exmoor, the Riding Playground of England (1935); and Hunting Scenes (1936). Item #00085

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