In Defence of the Beard. James WARD.
In Defence of the Beard.

In Defence of the Beard.

London: Lion and Unicorn Press, 1954. Roy Morgan. Small Octavo. Bound in original pictorial paper wrappers. Unpaginated. [20pp.] A Fine Copy. Illustrated with wood-engravings by Roy Morgan, printed in dark red. This was the first reprint of Royal Academy Artist James Ward’s privately produced pamphlet, advocating the merits of the beard. As Ward suggests, the virtues of the beard are numerous, and extend beyond the purely aesthetic: “the Beard keeps the neck warm, and at the same times leaves it at full liberty.” This item should prove popular with urban hipsters and woodsmen alike. From the library of typographer and printing historian John Lewis (1912-1996). Lewis’ bookplate (‘Ex Libris | John Lewis | FSIA’) is neatly affixed to the front paste-down. Item #26

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