This is a lovely, if rather brief, book. It is beautifully designed too, as befits a catalogue of one of the most important wood engravers of the first half of the 20th century. Known more popularly for his other graphic output, Eric Ravilious was, as the excellent introduction asserts, 'above all a wood engraver'. That introduction gives an excellent outline of the context, both artistic and commercial, of the artist's engravings, a brief account of his all to brief life, followed by approximately 60 pages of the work. These ranges from the 'Everyman Library' devices, to book illustration, publishers' catalogue title pages, art prints, book plates and so on. It is a rich treasure trove and an absolute delight.
Ravilious' style is quite unmistakable: bold and witty in design elements, the more illustrative work is characterised by a bold modernist style which also echoes woodcut illustration of earlier centuries. Lovely!