Chubb (Ralph) - Autumn Leaves

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Autumn Leaves, two fragments written, illustrated, and lithographed by Ralph Chubb in his woodland studio at Fair Oak Cottage, Ashford Hill, near Newbury, Berkshire, 1940. Royal 4to, 32cm, 28p, Ralph Chubb, Newbury, 1940, with preliminary leaves printed by David Chambers at The Cuckoo Hill Press, Pinner, 1970.

Title-page and introductory leaf printed at the Cuckoo Hill Press. Total edition of 39 copies, this being number 1 of 24 copies (with pages 7 & 8 blank) and lacking also the the three-page fragment 'The Boy Scouts of Maidstone'. Printed on hand-made paper. Overlapping grey paper wrappers, titled in black. A fine copy of a scarce item.

Pages 1-14, with a large illustration (mainly nude boys) on every page, were intended by Chubb to be the opening section of his finest book 'The child of Dawn'. After a change of plan, the present pages were set aside, but carefully preserved. A prose fragment, entitled 'The Boy Scouts of Maidstone' is present in some copies. These hitherto unpublished pages, entirely fashioned by Chubb at his best period were intended by David Chambers and Roderick Cave to be presented to libraries in America where, at the time, none of his work was held. The title-page carries a copy of the Chubb coat-of-arms, reproducing an original painting made by Ralph at the age of fourteen. (See Reid A19)

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