THE BOOK OF TOBIT AND THE HISTORY OF SUSANNA.

(London: Haymarket Press, 1929). 254 x 191 mm. (10 x 7 1/2"). xvi, 47 pp.Introduction by Dr. Montague R. James. Unnumbered, but ONE OF 13 COPIES SIGNED BY THE ARTIST AND PRINTED ON VELLUM (along with 100 deluxe copies and 875 regular copies on paper).

Publisher's limp vellum, gilt titling, cover laced with green silk ribbon. With four color plates by W. Russell Flint, printed on paper and mounted on vellum leaves. Ransom, p. 314; "Modern British and American Private Presses," p. 103. A hint of splaying to covers, minor variation in the grain of the vellum, otherwise a very fine copy--clean, fresh, and smooth inside and out.

This is a very pleasing vellum copy of one of just four books published by the short-lived Haymarket Press, established by Halton and Truscott Smith and operated from 1928-30. According to Ransom, the Smiths intended to issue all books of the Apocrypha with illustrations by Russell Flint, beginning with the Book of Judith in 1928, and continuing with the present work the following year. Unfortunately, the contemplated project did not go further. Flint (1880-1969) was especially noted for his female nudes, and here we--with the lecherous elders--see Susanna in her bath. DNB notes that Flint began his career as "a medical illustrator recording the effects of leprosy, eye disease, and South African War wounds," and suggests that his penchant for drawing "an unchanging perfectly proportioned female type in various exotic guises" was his way of "imagin[ing] away all signs of the ravages of the twentieth century."
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THE BOOK OF TOBIT AND THE HISTORY OF SUSANNA. VELLUM PRINTING, HAYMARKET PRESS.