(London: Hodder and Stoughton Limited, ). 370 x 280 mm. (14 1/2 x 11 1/8").  p.l. (limitation page), 51 pp. (printed on rectos only), plus lettered guard preceding each plate. No. 39 OF 250 COPIES of the Edition de Luxe, SIGNED BY BOTH ARTIST AND AUTHOR.
Original full vellum, gilt lettering on upper cover, smooth spine, top edge gilt, others untrimmed. With 14 plates illustrating the Stations of the Cross by Frank Brangwyn. Vellum tending to splay slightly, a couple of shallow scratches and very tiny marks to covers, smattering of clear spots (binder's glue?) on corner of upper board but only visible in raked light, overall in excellent condition; negligible stain to title and facing page, otherwise the contents pristine.
These poignant interpretations of the 14 Stations of the Cross by a renowned painter and muralist are here accompanied by moving commentary penned by staunch defender of the Catholic faith G. K. Chesterton (1874-1936). Perhaps best known for his Father Brown mysteries, Chesterton converted to Catholicism from Anglicanism in 1922 and wrote routinely on matters of doctrine and faith, as well as numerous secular essays and works of artistic and literary criticism. Dubbed by our author "one of the most masculine of modern men of genius," Sir Frank William Brangwyn (1867-1956) was a versatile artist whose output included everything from furniture design and metalwork, to paintings, etchings, and lithographs. Primarily self-taught, he worked as a glazier and designed embroideries and wallpaper under William Morris, then spent several years travelling by sea, painting canvases inspired by the exotic locales he visited. Brangwyn's career took off in the early 20th century when he completed several high-profile murals and other large-scale projects for various churches and public spaces, and by 1920 he was an internationally recognized artist. According to DNB, "A consistent feature of his painting, drawing, and graphic art was his homage to work--to physical effort--expressed in Michelangelesque terms." One can certainly see this tendency in the present series of lithographs, in which the weight of the Cross--and later the weight of Christ's body--is the central, unifying motif. Brangwyn originally executed the series for the decoration of church walls. Two sets were printed on sycamore and given to the Chapter-Hall of the Benedictine Abbey of St. André in Bruges, and the Chapel of the Jesuit College, Campion Hall, Oxford, and an additional 16 sets were printed on paper. The present work reproduces the original lithographs on a smaller scale but without any loss to the beautifully detailed, handsomely crafted plates. Our deluxe edition is scarce on the market, with four copies listed on RBH and ABPC in the last 20 years. (ST15976f)
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PJP Catalog: 76.186