Cambridge Christmas book - Gentleman (David). Bidges on the Backs.


Cambridge Christmas book - Gentleman (David). Bidges on the Backs.

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Bridges on the Backs: a series of drawings by David Gentleman. Introduced by Peter Eden. Oblong 4to, Title, pp.6,sub-title,9 plates (6 with one or more hinged overlays) Cambridge: Printed for his Friends by the University Printer, 1961.
One of 500 copies printed in Monotype Times Wide on Spicer's cartridge paper. Illustrated with 9 drawings, touched with colour, by David Gentleman, with another on the front endpaper and title-page. Green canvas portfolio binding, lettered in gilt, with `Father Cam' device blocked in gold and black. Card slipcase. A fine copy.
`Bridges on the Backs is unique - it opens like a lady's handbag; unique in other ways too and, I think, my favourite of the larger books, perhaps of them all. David Gentleman's drawings are delightfully reminiscent of youthful Cambridge in summertime. Peter Eden in his text and captions carries his erudition with consummate grace, and the overlapping illustrations, a la Humphrey Repton, never fail to surprise.' (Brooke Crutchley)

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