The Story of High Street



Ipswich: the Mainstone Press, 2008.

By Alan Powers and James Russell. A limited edition of 750 copies. 10.25 X 8 ins. 283 pp. Blue cloth with silver spine titling and paper title label inset on upper cover. County Life published a children’s book called “High Street”, in 1938, which featured twenty-four colour lithographs of shop fronts by Eric Ravilious. Only 2000 copies of the original were printed and the plates were destroyed. Today, “High Street” is one of the most sought after collector’s books and rarely seen in fine condition – not least because many copies have been broken for the plates. This new edition includes both the text and illustrations of the original as well as many of the preparatory drawings and sketches published here for the first time. Alan Powers examines “High Street” in its historical context with new insights into its conception, production and publication. James Russell undertakes to identify and to locate each of the twenty-four shops pictured by Ravilious. Profusely illustrated with 84 colour plates and 57 black and white illustrations, many full page. Endpapers illustrated with Ravilious drawings. As new in paper covered slip case as issued.

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