A poor copy of this rare folio on Picasso.There are only 14 of 16 plates, therefore incomplete. The covers are detached, title page detached and torn. Boldly signed by Picasso on the title-page in blue ink.
From the collection of Philip James, provenance Marcus Campbell Art Books.
Mr Philip James, CBE, who died on Monday 1st may 1974, at the age of 72, was Librarian of the Royal Academy from 1969. Earlier he had a long association with the Arts Council and its predecessor, CEMA, as art director. He joined CEMA in 1941 as Deputy Secretary and a year later became director of art. For 17 years he worked wit diligence and devotion to reveal and interpret painting and sculpture to a new and sometimes puzzled audience.
He was closely involved in the selection and promotion of the many exhibitions which the Arts Council presents each year and credit must go to him for the part he played in winning greater acceptance and tolerance of experiment in art from the general public. His regard for tradition was as notable as his sympathy for innovation and the roll call of Art Council exhibitions presented during his time with that body is in itself a tribute to the breadth of his interests.
Philip Brutton James, the son of the Rev John C James, was born on October 31, 1901 and educated at Sherborne and University College London. He became Sub-Librarian of the Middle Temple in 1923 and two years later joined the staff of the Victoria and Albert Museum Library of which he was appointed Keeper in 1936. From 1939 to 1941 he was with the Ministry of Home Security. After leaving the Arts Council in 1958 he became Director of Waddesdon Manor, Buckinghamshire which had been bequeathed to the National Trust by Mr James de Rothschild. He resigned the appointment after a year and then spent four years as Secretary and Editor of the Museums’ Association. He was the author of ‘Early Keyboard Instruments’, ‘Children’s Book of Yesterday’,’English Book Illustration 1800-1900′ and books on Van Gogh and Henry Moore.
He married in 1926 Bertha daughter of Canon V L Whitechurch. They had one son and one daughter.