[A set of original illustrations by Neave Parker for 'Vulpes: an English fox'.]
Twelve (12) pen & ink drawings on scraperboard, cut to various sizes: six c.270 x 180mm, 10½ x 7"; these laid down to chipboard mounts with original tissue guard leaf preserved. One 230 x 195mm (9 x 7¾"); the rest progressively smaller. Pencil (in one case pen) annotations to margins give intended positions in the text - i.e. 'chap 8 page 58'. Larger images also with relevant quotation below. Generally a little bumping and creasing to extremities of smaller sketches. Altogether a fine set.
The book by Harper Cory (real name William Henry Corkill) was one of the 'Animals All' series of children's books, first published in London by T. Nelson & Sons in 1940. A delightful series of graphic adventures in the life of a fox; two images show the hero of the story's encounters with hunting hounds. The final study is lettered 'The End' in pen in thick Gothic script. 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.5331/1.
[Ref: 25298] £450.00