Book Description

First edition, second printing (Geneva); First edition, first printing (King Charles). Both works signed by the illustrator. Octavo. Publisher’s original blue and red cloth respectively, with titles in gilt to the spine, in dustwrappers. Top edges gilt. Each work with an additional illustrated title page and numerous black and white plates and in-text drawings by Feliks Topolski. Both works are in fine condition, the bindings square and tight; the contents remaining immaculately clean and crisp throughout. Complete with the original near-fine dustwrappers which have some minor marking and edge-wear, a 1cm tear to the head of the rear panel of King Charles, and a few small nicks to the head of the rear panel of Geneva. Not price-clipped (7s 6d net to the front flaps).
Dealer Notes
Both works signed by Feliks Topolski in black ink on the half-title page.
These two plays by Shaw, one a topical satire on Hitler, Mussolini, and Franco, the other a Restoration comedy, formed one of the Polish artist Feliks Topolski’s (1907-1989) first major illustrative commissions, bringing his work to a wider audience in Britain following his move to the country in 1935.
Scarce titles signed, especially so in such excellent condition.
Author SHAW, George Bernard; illustrated by TOPOLSKI, Feliks:
Date 1939
Publisher London: Constable & Co. Ltd.

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