Bound by WILLIAM MATTHEWS. BROOKE, Rupert. ~ Twenty Poems by Rupert Brooke.
London Sidgwick & Jackson, Ltd 1935
Frist edition, second printing in the same month as the first. Profile portrait of Brooke on the wrappers which are bound in. 12mo, bound by William Matthews, with his stamp on the lower turn-in, full green morocco with an art deco style monogram of the artist with gilt line going over the two sides and the spine, spine with raised bands with gilt ruling in the compartments. Spine and top edge faded to brown with a little rubbing to the spine but a great example of a 1930s Matthews binding.
William Matthews was one of the most important early twentieth century British binders who was known for his exquisite binding work and his huge influence as a teacher of binding. He won a scholarship to the Central School of Arts & Crafts at the age of 13 and in 1914 was apprenticed to W.T. Morrell as a finisher. The war interrupted his studies but he returned in 1919 to finish his apprenticeship and begin his long teaching career at the Central.
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