London: Eyre and Spottiswoode Limited, 1928. Item #03288
The Large-Paper Edition DeLuxe - Signed by Lionel Edwards
EDWARDS, Lionel. My Hunting Sketch Book [and] My Hunting Sketch Book Volume Two. Written and Illustrated by Lionel Edwards, R.I. London: Eyre and Spottiswoode Limited, 1928-1930.
Large-Paper Copies. Limited to 255 and copies and 185 copies signed by Lionel Edwards (these being copies #155 and 90 respectively). The mounted color frontispiece in volume one is also signed by Lionel Edwards.
Two folio volumes (12 7/16 x 10 1/8 inches: 315 x 258 mm.). xiv, 28, [1, blank], [1, colophon], 2, blank] pp., with fifteen mounted color plates; xvi, 40, [1, blank], [1, colophon], 2, blank] pp., with twelve mounted color and nine black and white plates.
Publishers quarter vellum over red cloth boards, front covers titled in gilt, top edge gilt, others uncut. Slight rubbing to corners, otherwise a fine set.
Volume one with the Sporting Gallery exhibition announcement dated November 1928 for the original drawings for "My Hunting Sketch Book" laid in.
Lionel Edwards (1878-1966) was a British artist who specialized in painting horses and other aspects of British country life. He is best known for his hunting scenes but also painted pictures of horse racing, shooting and fishing. He provided illustrations for Country Life, The Sphere, The Graphic and numerous books. His artistic output was remarkable: he wrote almost 30 books and illustrated many more, including editions of Black Beauty, Lorna Doone and The Black Arrow, in addition to numerous private commissions. He became a member of the Royal Cambrian Academy of Art in 1926 and the Royal Institute in 1927. His favorite medium was watercolor, although he used oils more in his later years.