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Paul Nash.

Room and Book

A collection of essays by Nash on modern tastes in interiors and book design.

Paul Nash.

Room and Book Soncino Press. London. 1932. First edition. 1932


Cloth-bound hardback, dust jacket. xx, 101 pages. 19 hors-texte black-and-white plates, numerous text illustrations with some colour, 2 tipped-in samples of Curwen Press Pattern Papers, one by Enid Marx, the other by Althea Willoughby. English. 220 x 145mm (8¾ x 5¾). 0.45kg.


'Certain matters of aesthetics cannot be said to appeal to everyone; but a room and a book are, as it were, common property.' Paul Nash's collection of essays on current aesthetic values in the fields of both interiors and book design. Nash rallies against the strong commercialisation of the arts and the design industry, as well as the general ignorance of the arts and lack of taste of the general public. Essays include 'The Modern Aesthetic', 'Modern English Furniture', 'The Cover : Pattern Papers' and 'Modern Processes in Illustration'.

Current Condition

Good; dust jacket torn along the width of the front jacket, repaired with tape to verso but with some loss to surface of paper; some surface marks and wear to jacket, with a small area of loss at head of spine, offsetting to endpapers, not price-clipped; no inscriptions.