London: Published by P. & D. Colnaghi, for the Author. 1934.
Lionel Lindsay, the famous Australian artist and critic, greatly admired Keene, the illustrator and humorous artist best known for his drawings for Punch. Lindsay believed Keene was "a truly original character...he presents us with the unparalleled paradox of the most serious artist of his time - in all that pertained to his art - devoting his genius to the service of humour...". Tipped-in are two autograph letters from Lionel Lindsay to the Australian collector Harry Chaplin. Tipped-in also is an undated autograph letter by Keene himself with a sketch and a fragment of another autograph piece.Item #70
First edition, and very scarce: only 130 copies were printed, all numbered and signed by the author. Folio, original quarter cloth, frontispiece portrait and 55 fine collotype plates, each with tissue guard. Aside from a little shelfwear, this is a fine bright copy, uncut in the original binding with a slightly torn and stained dust-jacket.
Price (AUD): $1,250.00 other currencies