London: Max Reinhardt, 1953. Michael Ayrton. First Edition. Cloth. Square 8vo (8" x 6 1/2"), blue cloth with black lettering on spine & embossed cartoon figure of Ayrton-Tittivulus on front cover, Mylar-protected pictorial color dust jacket (price-clipped) with caricature by Michael Ayrton, profusely illustrated throughout by Ayrton, 138 pages. Fine / Fine. Item #2668
Michael Ayrton (1921 – 1975) was a brilliantly talented English artist and writer, renowned as a painter, printmaker, sculptor and designer, and also as a critic, broadcaster and novelist. His varied output of sculptures, illustrations, poems and stories reveals an obsession with flight, myths, mirrors and mazes.--Wikipedia
English artist-author-sculptor & all-around Renaissance man Michael Ayrton here writes his personally illustrated satire about a minor demon--who looks like Ayrton's self-caricature--who "was given the dreary and thankless task of collecting in sacks all the negligences, pomposities and vanities of utterance throughout the world." Needless to say, his task grows in positive correlation to the "progress" of civilization. It thus seems to be the outpouring as humor of the frustrated creative artist when faced with his own and other foibles of our culture.
EXCEPTIONAL CONDITION internally and externally! Slight rubbing to price-clipped dj. Illustrated by Ayrton.