Henley-on-Thames: Gresham Books, 1985. Folio. Bound in original quarter brown morocco, with ochre cloth covered boards, Farleigh’s monogram gilt stamped to the upper cover, spine lettered in gilt, and housed in publisher’s cloth covered slipcase, with printed paper spinestrip. [x], 5-137, [ + colophon] pp. Two abrasions to p. 29, else a Fine copy. Forward by Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh. The text was set in Baskerville, and printed on Somerville’s paper. One of 110 copies with an additional engraving loosely inserted, of which this is number 27. The additional engraving, Milk Thistle, originally appeared in Ethel Armitage’s A Country Garden (1936), and was printed from the block by Graham R. Williams for the present production; it is housed in a paper pocket bound in with the rear endpapers. Signed by the author on the colophon page. Item #71
“Nature herself is a lesson in life through disintegration: too often it is associated with decay. It seems that only the artist understands that no progress can take place, no new work created, unless his personality be in a constant state of passing from disintegration to reintegration. Each creative effort is a recasting of the individual: self-disintegration having in it the quality of ecstasy and purpose.”- John Farleigh.
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