Paul Nash: Fertile Image. Edited by Margaret Nash. Introduction by James Laver. Faber & Faber, London, 1951. 32 pp. + plates. Small quarto. First edition. Inscribed on front free-endpaper by Margaret Nash, 'To dear Jack/With my thanks & love/from/Margaret/Nov. 9th, 1951. Clothbound in dust jacket. 64 black-and-white reproductions.
"Paul Nash [1889-1946], who is regarded in some quarters as one of the finest British painters of the early twentieth century, was an unusual English modernist in that he regularly employed a camera--albeit as a note-taker--in a cultural climate that despised photography...Is picture in Fertile Image of brooding landscapes, twisted trees and deserted gardens are dark in mood, their frequent Surreal inflections reminiscent of Bill Brandt, but whereas Brandt's darker impulses seem domestic, that is, springing up from within himself, Nash's rural dreams and nightmares would appear to derive more from the horrors he witnessed in the blasted fields of Flanders...He was one of the most original of English photographers, during a period when originality was in short supply in the country's photography."--Parr & Badger.
Near Fine+ in Near Fine- dust jacket; wear to board extremities; gift inscription on front free-endpaper; small chip to jacket at crown of spine; small areas of abrasion to front panel; some creasing to upper edge with two small closed tears (1/2"-1"). Light foxing.