THEY FELL IN THE BATTLE - A Roll of Honour of the Battle of Britain, 10 July - 31 October 1940

By: Gleave, Tom ; F. E. Dymond. Foreword [AUTOGRAPHED] by His Royal Highness Prince Philip Duke of Edinburgh

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Autograph; [5], 50, [2] leaves pages; Clean and tight in original binding of full blue morocco with gilt lettering at spine and gilt cross on front board; sunned at spine, otherwise Near Fine in very good blue buckram-covered slipcase with a lining of watered silk (slipcase now sunned at edges). Foreword written and SIGNED by His Royal Highness PRINCE PHILIP Duke of Marlborough. This is No. 44 of an edition limited to only 80 copies, signed by Prince Philip (as Marshal of the Royal Air Force). [5], 50, [2] leaves; 39cm. Text printed in Air Force blue on rectos of leaves only, title in blue and gold, top edges gilt, fore and bottom edges uncut, folio. (Quoting from the colophon): "The idea for this edition came from Dr. John Tanner CBE Founding Director of the Royal Air Force Museum who gave editorial guidance throughout. There were only eighty copies printed designed and printed by Will Carter at the Rampant Lions Press, Cambridge on Arches Velin mould-made paper. The handsome binding is by W. T. Morrell of Covent Garden, in specially dyed goatskin with spine lettering designed by the printer. Production was supervised throughout by Nottingham Court Press." Commissioned to commemorate the 40th anniversary of The Battle of Britain, the Roll has been compiled by Group Captain Tom Gleave and Squadron Leader F.E. Dymond, resident historian of the Royal Air Force Museum, and includes research completed to 1 January 1980. The great Winston Churchill, in one of his finest sentences, explained and defined the Battle of Britain for all time: "Never in the field of human conflict was so much owed by so many to so few." (Churchill's words are given a place of honor as the epigraph of this volume.) The names so handsomely recorded in this book are exactly and precisely those Churchill memorably denoted as the "few." The "Roll of Honour" with the simple, yet intensely elegant, register of the names of the Battle of Britain's fallen, is at its heart, a collection of inscriptions. And the extraordinarily fine gilt letters on the magnificent crushed levant morocco binding by W. T. Morrell were, of course, designed by Will Carter. This Rampant Lions Press production constitutes a remarkable memorial to the 435 Pilots and 63 crew members who, in death, made up Churchill's "few." It was offered to even fewer -- [80 copies, issued at £1000. It is known that there were copies, perhaps a dozen, which did not receive this expensive full niger goatskin binding, but were issued as unbound sheets]. This is copy number 44 of 80, with the special binding unworn, albeit now light-struck along the spine. A Beautifully produced and very heavy book; international and priority shipping can be arranged for additional charge. Not just another fine press book -- "They Fell in Battle" was clearly a project of the highest personal significance to Will Carter, founder of the Rampant Lions Press. Carter [1912-2001] interrupted a long life devoted to the design and printing of fine books and the artful forming of letters for significant and dangerous service in the Royal Navy in the South Atlantic and the Eastern Mediterranean, during the Second World War. Carter commanded a converted Greek sailing ship tasked with transporting Allied undercover agents around occupied Greece. After his demobilisation in 1946, Carter returned to a position with the printing firm of Heffers in Cambridge, where he had been promoted to "Designer" in 1934, and printed his Rampant Lions projects in his spare time. In 1949 he ceased outside work for others and became full-time proprietor of the Rampant Lions Press, fulfilling a desire dating back to his earliest years. Will Carter had nearly been born into the book business; he was the younger brother (by seven years) of the bookseller, biblio-historian and Housman scholar John Carter, who with Graham Pollard exposed the T. J. Wise/Buxton Forman forgeries of 19th-century pamphlets. Will Carter's interest in printing began on a fateful visit to the Oxford University Press in 1924, where he was allowed to print a visiting card for himself using the 17th-century Fell type. A few days later, John Johnson, soon to become Printer to the University of Oxford, sent young Will Carter some type to experiment with, hoping that it would make for an amusing and useful hobby for a twelve year old. After school years at Radley, Carter trained with various printers before rising through the ranks at Heffers, but had already made a start on his destiny by producing an edition of 50 copies of fellow printer John Baskerville's "Preface" to his 1758 edition of 'Paradise Lost.' Although some of the early production of the Rampant Lions press consisted of printing wedding invitations, change-of-address cards and various ephemeral announcements, rather than books -- all of the work was produced to superbly high standards. Will Carter's interests in the world of letters extended to calligraphy, letter-cutting and type-design. In 1936 he had carved some lettering on a round breadboard for Brooke Crutchley (who would become the Cambridge University Printer), and Will Carter was to continue carving decorative alphabets -- often of his own design -- into different shaped panels for the next 60 years. In 1948, Carter met Eric Gill's last apprentice, the lettercutter David Kindersley, who taught Carter the difficult art of cutting letters in slate. The first of his commissions in this medium was the war memorial at Magdalene College, and he went on to produce many elegant gravestones and tablets. The culmination of this aspect of Will Carter's mastery was his design and cutting of the foundation stone of the new British Library at St Pancras. For Carter, printing, letter design, and the cutting of inscriptions were all part of an allied series of tasks and opportunities. As he put it, "the handling of type and the setting out of carved inscriptions came to influence each other. The setting of printer's caps in particular has reached a fine point of sensitivity as a result." By 1980, the Rampant Lion Press had largely been handed over by the founder to Will Carter's son,Sebastian, with the elder Carter devoting most of his time to carving and lettering. So it is particularly fitting that Will Carter designed and executed this very special Rampant Lions Press project himself, without collaboration; it certainly unites his various talents and interests. The "Roll of Honour" with the simple, yet intensely elegant, register of the names of the Battle of Britain's fallen, is at its heart, a collection of inscriptions. And the extraordinarily fine gilt letters on the magnificent crushed levant morocco binding by W. T. Morrell were, of course, designed by Will Carter. This Rampant Lions Press production constitutes a remarkable memorial to the 435 Pilots and 63 crew members who, in death, made up Churchill's "few." It was offered to even fewer -- [80 copies, issued at £1000. It is known that there were copies, perhaps a dozen, which did not receive this expensive full niger goatskin binding, but were issued as unbound sheets]. This is copy number 44 of 80, with the special binding unworn, albeit now light-struck along the spine. A Beautifully produced and very heavy book; international and priority shipping can be arranged for additional charge. ; Signed by Notable Personage, Related

Title: THEY FELL IN THE BATTLE - A Roll of Honour of the Battle of Britain, 10 July - 31 October 1940

Author Name: Gleave, Tom ; F. E. Dymond. Foreword [AUTOGRAPHED] by His Royal Highness Prince Philip Duke of Edinburgh

Categories: European History, Fine Press, Signed and Association Copies, Military History,

Edition: First Edition

Publisher: Hendon, Royal Air Force Museum Printed by Rampant Lions Press: 1980

Binding: Full Leather

Book Condition: Near Fine

Size: Folio

Seller ID: 39943

Keywords: Battle of Britain Royal Air Force of Britain World War II The Second World War Killed in Action Fallen Heroes Will Carter