New York: The Museum of Modern Art, 1937. First Printing. Card Covers. One of 2,750 copies printed by the Spiral Press, with notes by Kauffer on technique and foreword by Aldous Huxley, of this catalog for an exhibition at New York's Museum of Modern Art from February 10 to March 7, 1937. Royal 8vo (254 x 191mm): 24pp, including 12 highlights, on 9 black-and-white plates, from the exhibit of 85 posters designed by Kauffer for London Underground, Great Western Railways, Shell, and other English clients. Stapled illustrated card covers screen-printed in French blue, black, and grey. About Fine, with minute wear to lower front cover edge, else virtually pristine. Scarce. Fine-. Item #BB2431
Kauffer moved to London at the start of the First World War, and is probably best remembered for the 140 posters he created for London Underground (later London Transport), in many styles showing influences of futurism, cubism, and vorticism as well as impressionism and Japanese woodcuts. Why Huxley was chosen to contribute the very brief, rather incoherent forward (Kauffer painted Huxley's garden in Aix-en-Provence the year before this exhibition) would be interesting to know. N. B. With few exceptions (always identified), we only stock books in exceptional condition, carefully preserved in archival, removable mylar sleeves. All orders are packaged with care and posted promptly. Satisfaction guaranteed. (Fine Editions Ltd is a member of the Independent Online Booksellers Association, and we subscribe to its codes of ethics.).