[A set of original illustrations by Neave Parker for 'Rufa the Wood Ant'.]
Eight pen & ink drawings on scraperboard, cut to various sizes: six c.245 x 155mm, 9¾ x 6"; two c.215 x 150mm (8½ x 6"); and two smaller. Pencil annotations to margins give intended positions in the text - i.e. 'chap 9 page 70' - and indeed, in the case of the two smallest illustrations, the position on the page: "bottom right". Larger images also with relevant quotation below. Pinholes to two sketches; generally a little bumping and creasing to extremities. Altogether a fine set.
The book by Ray Palmer was one of the 'Animals All' series of children's books, first published in London by T. Nelson & Sons in 1940. A delightful collection of lively interpretations of insect life; the animals, including in one scenes a vole, lizard, beetles and a cricket, are sympathetically rendered, their natural habitat skilfully depicted. W. Neave Parker (1910 - 1961) worked as a surveyor for a short while before going on to serve in the Royal Air Force during the Second World War, working in the Photographic Unit. After making the acquaintance of Maurice Burton, a scientific associate at the Natural History Museum and also honorary science editor at the Illustrated London News, he began to produce animal illustrations. The first of his drawings of prehistoric animals appeared in the Illustrated London News on 30 September 1950. He became an accomplished scientific illustrator and the National History Museum commissioned him to do a series of picture postcards; the museum retains the 19 original drawings for this series. Parker also illustrated numerous children's books. His drawings are held in the Ulster Museum and he was the subject of an exhibition there entitled, ' The Prehistoric World of Neave Parker' in 1993.
See BL W.P.5331/6.
[Ref: 25296] £250.00