PENROSE, Roland

Home Guard Manual of Camouflage

Published: London, George Routledge & Sons

Date: 1941

First edition, first printing; original boards and illustrated dust jacket. A presentation copy, inscribed on the front free end paper, “A Brunius ce n'est pas ce qu'on voulais cette cachoterie militaire mais je souhaite a vous et Mary des annees plus lumineuses que 1941 Roland Penrose.” Loosely inserted is a postcard from Penrose to Brunius, inviting him to a surrealist meeting and dinner at the Barcelona Restaurant, Beak Street, W1A, dated 9th May 1940. As a Quaker, Penrose had been a pacifist, but after the outbreak of the War he volunteered as an air raid warden and then taught military camouflage at the Home Guard training centre at Osterley Park. This led to Penrose's commission as a captain in the Royal Engineers. He worked as Senior Lecturer at the Eastern Command Camouflage School in Norwich, and at the Camouflage Development and Training Centre at Farnham Castle. During his lectures, he used to startle his audiences by inserting a colour photograph of his partner Lee Miller, lying on a lawn naked but for a camouflage net; when challenged, he argued "if camouflage can hide Lee's charms, it can hide anything". His lectures were respected by both trainees and colleagues and lead to the publication of this work, which provided accurate guidance on the use of texture, not only colour, especially for protection from aerial photography. Jacques Brunius, was a French actor, director and writer. Assistant director to Luis Buñuel on L'Âge d'or, he appeared in more than 30 movies. Member of the surrealist group in France and then in England, with his friend Roland Penrose. He was a staunch defender of surrealism. This fragile book was printed to wartime standards in small numbers and is now scarce. Fine in a very good dust jacket, which is a little spotted and has a chip to the spine, not affecting the lettering. Small attractive book plate of John Lyle, the writer on and collector of Surrealism.

Binding
Cloth

£1750

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