Brian Wildsmith [artist] signed copy The Bonny Pit Laddie 1st in d/j 1960 Frederick Grice Has over 30 lively line illustrations, several spread across two pages. 171 pages, endpapers lightly tanned, a few small marks else contents fresh and clean. 220 x 147 mm [approx 8 ¾” x 6”] cream boards, lightly marked else very good in coloured pictorial dust jacket which has some wear to extremities, a little chipped at spine head else generally very good. Brian Wildsmith signature on front free endpaper. Oxford University Press 1st edition 1960
Very early book illustrations by Brian Wildsmith, before his career really took off. His early work as a freelance artist included doing book jackets for Faber, John Murray and the Oxford University Press, and also some line illustrations for OUP. During his time working for OUP, he was invited to supply colour plates for an edition of Arabian Nights and these were very well received and he then embarked on his amazing career providing his fabulous colourful and striking illustrations for generations to enjoy. This book is set in a mining village, near Durham – Brian Wildsmith was himself from a mining village in the north of England.
Author Frederick Grice
Publisher Oxford University Press
Illustrator Brian Wildsmith