London: Faber and Faber, 1970. FIRST EDITION, with ORIGINAL ARTWORK. Slim octavo, pp. 80. Bound in publisher's black cloth, in a pictorial jacket designed by the illustrator. Original watercolour painting by Baskin to the flyleaf – a large, bold, colour depiction of the crow. Book is in fine condition, dustjacket in like; jacket is also signed by the illustrator. Born in 1922, Leonard Baskin was an accomplished sculptor, book illustrator, printmaker, graphic artist, writer and teacher. He was commissioned to produce a bronze statue of a seated figure for the Holocaust Memorial in Ann Arbor, Michigan, which was erected in 1994. Baskin lived in the U.S. for most of his life, but spent nine years in Devon at Lurley Manor, close to his friend Ted Hughes – for whom he illustrated Crow. Hughes' collection fits into the children's genre rather loosely; his poetry is certainly accessible to all ages, but explores dark and macabre themes that are, at times, fairly horrifying. A dazzling volume. Item #40404
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