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Image for Four Letters to [Helene] Lanie [Bruce].

Four Letters to [Helene] Lanie [Bruce].

By: PEAKE, Mervyn

Price: £2,500.00

Publisher: 1931 - 52.:

Seller ID: 37997


A rare opportunity to acquire a series of four original letters from Mervyn Peake to one of his intimate and long-standing friends [Helene] Lanie Bruce spanning the years 1931 to 1952. 1. Dated November the first 1931. Three page letter written one side only. A long intimate and chatty letter enthusing about his first visit to Sark to visit his friend and old teacher Eric Drake who was trying to establish an artists' colony on Sark. This letter predates what was previously thought to have been his first visit, sometime in 1932; he eventually joined the colony in 1933. Signed Mervyn. 2. D... View more info

Image for Captain Slaughterboard Drops Anchor.

Captain Slaughterboard Drops Anchor.

By: PEAKE, Mervyn

Price: £2,200.00

Publisher: Country Life, 1939.:

Seller ID: 38072


1st Edition. A little wear to the spine and ever so slightly shaken in an extensively professionally restored dust wrapper. From the collection of H.B. [Burgess] Drake. Drake was a schoolmaster at Eltham college during Peake's time there and became a friend. He was godfather to Peake's daughter Clare and Peake illustrated two of his books; The Book of Lyonne [1952] and The Oxford English Course for Secondary Schools, Book One [1957]. This is one of a number of Drake's books recently acquired, a number of which are inscribed by Peake to Drake and his wife. This title not inscribe... View more info

Image for Captain Slaughterboard Drops Anchor.

Captain Slaughterboard Drops Anchor.

By: PEAKE, Mervyn

Price: £5,750.00

Publisher: Country Life, 1939.:

Seller ID: 38073


1st Edition. Original cloth backed boards, a little bruised at the head of the spine. Covers, early and last few pages browned. However, generally a Very Good copy in repaired and restored dust wrapper. Presentation copy inscribed “To John Hurry Armstrong with best wishes from his friend Mervyn.” and additionally signed in full at the foot of the end paper. John Armstrong was the nephew of Leslie Hurry, artist and theatre designer. Hurry was a friend, fellow artist and illustrated one of Peake’s poems ‘Watch, Here and Now’ published in Pinpoints, May-June 1939 a... View more info

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Mervyn Peake Exhibition at City of Westminster Public Library.

By: PEAKE, Mervyn

Price: £30.00

Publisher: 22 January to 24 February 1968.:

Seller ID: 38199


Single sheet, 7½ x 5½ inches. Fine. “A comprehensive exhibition covering Peake’s work as novelist, playwright, poet and illustrator, including original drawings and manuscripts of the Titus Groan Trilogy.” The first major exhibition with 2 previously unpublished drawings on the handbill. View more info

Image for Bookplate. Ex Libris N. Asherson.

Bookplate. Ex Libris N. Asherson.

By: PEAKE, Mervyn

Price: £45.00

Publisher: [1951]:

Seller ID: 38202


Loose bookplate, probably removed from a book. Peake’s only known bookplate design, produced for Nehemiah Asherson, an ear specialist who treated Peake’s wife and children. View more info

Image for Theatre Programme. Man and Superman, by Bernard Shaw.

Theatre Programme. Man and Superman, by Bernard Shaw.

By: PEAKE, Mervyn

Price: £80.00

Publisher: King’s Theatre, 1946.:

Seller ID: 38203


4 page programme with a drawing by Peake on the front cover. View more info

Image for Theatre Programme. Man and Superman, by Bernard Shaw.

Theatre Programme. Man and Superman, by Bernard Shaw.

By: PEAKE, Mervyn

Price: £50.00

Publisher: King’s Theatre, 1946.:

Seller ID: 38204


4 page programme with a drawing by Peake on the front cover. Inscription in red ink at head of front cover. View more info

Image for Theatre Programme. The Insect Play, by the Brothers Capek.

Theatre Programme. The Insect Play, by the Brothers Capek.

By: PEAKE, Mervyn

Price: £45.00

Publisher: Little Theatre, [1936]:

Seller ID: 38205


Mervyn Peake’s costume designs were first used in a 1932 production and used again for this production. The programme reproduces a drawing by Peake on the front cover. His designs were very well received by the press, and two of the designs were illustrated in the London Mercury the same year. View more info

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Adolf Hitler ‘Self Portrait’

By: PEAKE, Mervyn

Price: £4,250.00

Publisher: c. 1940.:

Seller ID: 38280


Ink wash, white water colour on blue paper. 11 x 8 inches, mounted, framed and glazed. From Peake's imaginary portfolio by the artist Hitler. When his application to join the War Artists’ Advisory Commission was shelved “...he imagined a propaganda leaflet in the form of a portfolio of pictures by the artist Hitler. The titles were conventional, such as ‘Mother and Child’ or ‘Landscape with Figures’, but they depicted a woman mourning her murdered infant, or peasants being shot. Although the Ministry of Information was initially excited by the series... View more info

Image for Swans Die and a Tower Falls.

Swans Die and a Tower Falls.

By: PEAKE, Mervyn

Price: £45.00

Publisher: Chalfont St. Peter: The Grasshopper Press, 1973.:

Seller ID: 38485


Broadside. Single sheet, Fine. Limited to 100 numbered copies. A poem first printed in The Glassblowers p.12, reset from a signed typescript – the signature and the address, “Chalet, Sark, Channel Islands” (in Peake’s handwriting), being reproduced at the foot of the poem. Printed on hand-made paper by the Van Duren Press PiP Broadside View more info

Image for Bird. Original drawing.

Bird. Original drawing.

By: PEAKE, Mervyn

Price: £2,250.00

Publisher: [1956]:

Seller ID: 38614


Black chalk on paper, mounted on board. 8½ x 4¾ inches. Unsigned. Reproduced on p. 109 of the Drawings of Mervyn Peake. Davis-Poynter, 1974. From the collection of the artist’s niece Judith Bland [née Peake]. View more info

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The Hermit. Original drawing.

By: PEAKE, Mervyn

Price: £2,100.00

Publisher: [1946]:

Seller ID: 38615


Pen and ink on paper. 13 x 9 inches. Signed “Peake”. The sheet has been torn in half horizontally and professionally repaired and cleaned. The repair is expert but noticeable. A variant drawing for Maurice Collis A Quest for Sita, 1946. p. 44. From the collection of the artist’s daughter Clare. View more info

Image for The Bathers. Original drawing.

The Bathers. Original drawing.

By: PEAKE, Mervyn

Price: £1,950.00

Publisher: January, 1936.:

Seller ID: 38616


Pen and ink on paper. 9½ x 7 inches. Signed and dated by the artist. From the collection of the artist’s daughter Clare. View more info

Image for Adolf Hitler ‘Self Portrait: Father and Son.’

Adolf Hitler ‘Self Portrait: Father and Son.’

By: PEAKE, Mervyn

Price: £4,250.00

Publisher: 1940.:

Seller ID: 38618


Ink wash, heightened with white, on blue paper. 11½ x 8¼ inches. Framed and glazed. From Peake's imaginary portfolio by the artist Hitler. When his application to join the War Artists’ Advisory Commission was shelved “...he imagined a propaganda leaflet in the form of a portfolio of pictures by the artist Hitler. The titles were conventional, such as ‘Mother and Child’ or ‘Landscape with Figures’, but they depicted a woman mourning her murdered infant, or peasants being shot. Although the Ministry of Information was initially excited by... View more info

Poetry Quarterly.

By: PEAKE, Mervyn contributes

Price: £15.00

Publisher: Spring, 1948.:

Seller ID: 32181


Peake contributes three poems, ‘Truths have no Separate Fires but from their Welding,’ ‘O This Estrangement Forms a Distance Vaster,’ and ‘Poem.’ All were reprinted in The Glassblowers [1950], the second with revisions. View more info

Image for The Past Must Alter, by A.J. Guerard.

The Past Must Alter, by A.J. Guerard.

By: PEAKE, Mervyn dust wrapper design

Price: £180.00

Publisher: Longmans, 1937.:

Seller ID: 34274


1st Edition. Very Good in slightly worn dust wrapper. The wrapper has an old adhesive residue from the removal of adhesive covering. Consequently it is not the best copy but only the third that I have seen. Peake’s earliest dust wrapper design. View more info

Harlequin Phoenix, by Thelma Niklaus.

By: PEAKE, Mervyn illustates

Price: £35.00

Publisher: The Bodley Head, 1956.:

Seller ID: 37992


1st Edition, 1st issue in red cloth. Fine in dust wrapper with a short closed tear to the front panel. Front and spine panel of the dust wrapper by Peake, with a frontispiece reproducing the front panel. View more info

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Ride a Cock-Horse and Other Nursery Rhymes.

By: PEAKE, Mervyn illustrates

Price: £550.00

Publisher: Chatto and Windus, 1940.:

Seller ID: 32100


1st Edition. Ist issue without the dedication ‘For Sebastian’ on the page following the contents. Fine in browned and slightly rubbed dust wrapper with a short closed tear to the rear panel. At the last minute Peake had the book dedicated to Sebastian and some early copies were issued without. PiP B1a View more info

Ride a Cock-Horse and Other Nursery Rhymes.

By: PEAKE, Mervyn illustrates

Price: £400.00

Publisher: Chatto and Windus, 1940.:

Seller ID: 32101


1st Edition. 2nd issue with the dedication ‘For Sebastian’ on the page following the contents. Very Good in slightly rubbed dust wrapper with a few short closed tears. PiP B1a View more info

The Hunting of the Snark; an Agony in Eight Fits, by Lewis Carroll.

By: PEAKE, Mervyn illustrates

Price: £70.00

Publisher: Chatto and Windus, 1941.:

Seller ID: 32104


Deluxe edition. This edition bound in pink cloth with slightly rubbed and browned dust wrapper. 1400 copies of this edition were printed, fewer than the Zodiac edition. PiP B2c View more info