THEY FELL IN THE BATTLE - A Roll of Honour of the Battle of Britain, 10 July - 31 October 1940

Gleave, Tom ; F. E. Dymond. Foreword [AUTOGRAPHED] by His Royal Highness Prince Philip Duke of Edinburgh

Editorial: Royal Air Force Museum Printed by Rampant Lions Press, Hendon, 1980
Condición: Near Fine Encuadernación de tapa dura
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Autograph; [5], 50, [2] leaves pages; Clean and tight in original binding of full blue morocco with gilt lettering at spine and gilt cross on front board; sunned at spine, otherwise Near Fine in very good blue buckram-covered slipcase with a lining of watered silk (slipcase now sunned at edges). Foreword written and SIGNED by His Royal Highness PRINCE PHILIP Duke of Marlborough. This is No. 44 of an edition limited to only 80 copies, signed by Prince Philip (as Marshal of the Royal Air Force). [5], 50, [2] leaves; 39cm. Text printed in Air Force blue on rectos of leaves only, title in blue and gold, top edges gilt, fore and bottom edges uncut, folio. (Quoting from the colophon): "The idea for this edition came from Dr. John Tanner CBE Founding Director of the Royal Air Force Museum who gave editorial guidance throughout. There were only eighty copies printed designed and printed by Will Carter at the Rampant Lions Press, Cambridge on Arches Velin mould-made paper. The handsome binding is by W. T. Morrell of Covent Garden, in specially dyed goatskin with spine lettering designed by the printer. Production was supervised throughout by Nottingham Court Press." Commissioned to commemorate the 40th anniversary of The Battle of Britain, the Roll has been compiled by Group Captain Tom Gleave and Squadron Leader F.E. Dymond, resident historian of the Royal Air Force Museum, and includes research completed to 1 January 1980. The great Winston Churchill, in one of his finest sentences, explained and defined the Battle of Britain for all time: "Never in the field of human conflict was so much owed by so many to so few." (Churchill's words are given a place of honor as the epigraph of this volume.) The names so handsomely recorded in this book are exactly and precisely those Churchill memorably denoted as the "few." The "Roll of Honour" with the simple, yet intensely elegant, register of the names of the Battle of Britain's fallen, is at its heart, a collection of inscriptions. And the extraordinarily fine gilt letters on the magnificent crushed levant morocco binding by W. T. Morrell were, of course, designed by Will Carter. This Rampant Lions Press production constitutes a remarkable memorial to the 435 Pilots and 63 crew members who, in death, made up Churchill's "few." It was offered to even fewer -- [80 copies, issued at £1000. It is known that there were copies, perhaps a dozen, which did not receive this expensive full niger goatskin binding, but were issued as unbound sheets]. This is copy number 44 of 80, with the special binding unworn, albeit now light-struck along the spine. A Beautifully produced and very heavy book; international and priority shipping can be arranged for additional charge. Not just another fine press book -- "They Fell in Battle" was clearly a project of the highest personal significance to Will Carter, founder of the Rampant Lions Press. Carter [1912-2001] interrupted a long life devoted to the design and printing of fine books and the artful forming of letters for significant and dangerous service in the Royal Navy in the South Atlantic and the Eastern Mediterranean, during the Second World War. Carter commanded a converted Greek sailing ship tasked with transporting Allied undercover agents around occupied Greece. After his demobilisation in 1946, Carter returned to a position with the printing firm of Heffers in Cambridge, where he had been promoted to "Designer" in 1934, and printed his Rampant Lions projects in his spare time. In 1949 he ceased outside work for others and became full-time proprietor of the Rampant Lions Press, fulfilling a desire dating back to his earliest years. Will Carter had nearly been born into the book business; he was the younger brother (by seven years) of the bookseller, biblio-historian and Housman scholar John Carter, who with Graham Pollard exposed the T. J. Wise/Buxton Forman forgeries of 19th-century pamphlets. Will Carter's interest in printing began on a fateful visit. N° de ref. de la librería 39943

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Título: THEY FELL IN THE BATTLE - A Roll of Honour ...

Editorial: Royal Air Force Museum Printed by Rampant Lions Press, Hendon

Año de publicación: 1980

Encuadernación: Full Leather

Condición del libro:Near Fine

Edición: First Edition.

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