Canals, Barges and People



London: Art & Technics, 1950.

Written and engraved by John O’Connor. 1000 copies printed at the Shenval Press on Basingwerk Parchment. The book was an immediate success but the use of colour made a reprint impractical. First edition. 8.25 X 6.25 ins. 96 pp. Cloth backed with repeat pattern paper covered boards after a design by the artist. 50 wood engravings – 24 full page – printed from the original blocks with additional colours (yellow, red, green and blue) printed from lino-cuts. Endpapers decorated with map of canals and places mentioned in the text. Previous owner’s bookplate on free endpaper. A fine copy in pictorial dust-jacket which is just about fine. Rare in this condition! “John O’Connor’s free use of colour in this book marked a watershed in the design and conception of the wood-engraved book. Not since Lucien Pissarro had colour been used so successfully in engraved book illustration.” (Matrix 11, pg. 90)

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