Peakes contributions to books in the form of dustwrappers and other art works
Joseph Guerard, The Past Must Alter. Longmans, 1937. Dustwrapper drawing.
Reproduced on the back cover of PS 6:ii (April 1999).
Bulwer Lytton, Guy de Maupassant, Robert Louis Stevenson, Alexander Pushkin, William
Austin (contributors), Tales of the Supernatural. Pan Books, 1945.
The first Pan paperback, with a Pans head on the front cover and a full-length picture of Pan playing his pipes on the title-page and rear cover.
Before they began numbering their books, Pan published three hardbacks (no logo) and three paperbacks: Tales of the Supernatural (1945), Sternes Sentimental Journey, and Stevensons Suicide Club (both 1946). Tales of the Supernatural is the only one with Pans head on the front, without pipes; the others have a full length picture (with pipes), both on the front cover and on the title-page (reduced). See reproductions and more information here.
When Pan began publishing in earnest in 1947 (25 numbered titles), they used only the bust of the full-length drawing, reduced and filled in to form the now-familiar silhouette. Over the years the logo has undergone little change – sometimes a little longer, sometimes shorter. Occasionally it has been used reversed, but the main difference has been the frame: since 1978, it appears within an open book.
Pans 1997 anniversary catalogue acknowledges that Peake drew their logo for them. Part G quotes a dubious story put about by Adrian Room in the Dictionary of Trade Name Origins (Routledge, 1983).
- John Brophy, The
Human Face. Harrap, 1945.
Contains ‘Study of a Baby’ (p.33) and ‘Grotesque Head’ (p.209).
Published in the USA in 1946 by Prentice-Hall, with a different d/w and the illustrations on different pages (27 and 203 respectively).
- Jack Bilbo,
Famous Nudes by Famous Artists. Modern Art Gallery, 1946.
Contains painting, ‘Woman with Crow’ (Pl.59).
E. M. Joad, The Future of Morals. John Westhouse, 1946.
Small portrait (38 x 32 mm) of Joad placed top centre of the d/w (on which the title reads ‘JOAD / on the future of / MORALS / herd morality and the / new liberty of action:’ etc.).
Brophy, Body and Soul. Harrap, 1948.
Contains ‘The Hair-Pin’ (p.128) and ‘Recumbent Model’ (p.129).
Stuart (ed.), Harvest, Volume 1, Travel. Castle Press, 1948.
Contains 4 line drawings that illustrate Maurice Colliss contribution, ‘The Extremities of Celestial Piety’ (pp.21–28).
Also seen bound in with Vol.2 – see Part C, prose, 1st item.
Brophy, The Minds Eye: a twelve-month journal. Arthur Barker, 1949.
Contains ‘Study of a Head’ (p.96) and ‘Vulture’ (p.97). The ‘Study’ is a portrait of MG which had already appeared in The Windmill in 1946 (see Part D - drawings) and was reprinted on the d/w of Brophys Prince and Petronella (item 15, below) and in A World Away, facing p.33; the ‘Vulture’ had already appeared with Bernard Denvirs article on MP in Studio (Vol.32, No.642) for September 1946.
Also reproduces (facing p.256) the photograph of MP that appeared in the same issue of Studio.
Schimanski and Henry Treece (eds.), A New Romantic Anthology. Grey Walls
Four sketches between pages 80 and 81 accompanying his own article, ‘How a Romantic Novel was Evolved’ (pp.80–89): [i] ‘Study for Steerpike’; [ii] ‘Study for Fuchsia’; [iii] ‘Study for Swelter with Urchin’; [iv] ‘Manuscript page with sketches of Fuchsia and Steerpike’.
All four have been reprinted; there is a slightly different version of [i] facing page 140 in the third edition of Gormenghast (A9d): the direction in which the eyes are looking has been changed. [ii] and [iii] are in the fourth edition of Titus Groan (A4d), facing pages 58 and 368. [iv] is in A9d, facing page 354.
- Films in 1951: a special publication on British films and film-makers for the Festival of Britain. Published by Sight & Sound for the British Film Institute, 1951.
MP contributed a drawing to the first of a series of films (produced by animators John Halas and Joy Batchelor) called ‘Painter and Poet’. Artists were invited to illustrate a poem of their own choosing, and the camera played over the picture while the poem was read out, to an original musical accompaniment. MP chose to illustrate ‘Spring and Winter’ from Shakespeare’s Love’s Labours Lost (V.ii). His drawing is on p.42.
Part of it was reproduced in Roger Manvell (ed.), The Cinema. Pelican (1952) on the sixth page of black-and-white photographs in the middle of the book (‘Designs for the British Film Institute’s series, Poet and Painter’). It was reproduced in an essay by Sarah Easen, ‘Film and the Festival of Britain’, in British Cinema in the 1950s: a celebration by Ian Duncan MacKillop and Neil Sinyard (Manchester U P, 2003) and also reprinted on the back of PS 8 iv (April 2004).
An even smaller part – a Machiavellian figure in Elizabethan costume – was reproduced in Sight & Sound, Volume 20 (New Series), No.2, June 1951, on p.37.
Hansford Johnson, Catherine Carter. Macmillan, 1952 (January; reprinted
Small portrait, dated 1949, on the back of the dustwrapper. Reprinted on the back of PS 5:2, Spring 1997.
Edelman, Who Goes Home. Allan Wingate, 1952.
Dustwrapper drawing of robed Parliamentary figures, highlighted in pink and yellow.
Reprinted in January 1953 for the Book Society with revised dustwrapper design (and the origin of the paper indicated on the verso of the title-page).
- Clifford Witting,
The Glory of the Sons: a History of Eltham College. Eltham College (Eltham),
Contains five small drawings: ‘`The Old Barn’ (p.17), ‘The Clock in the Central Hall’ (p.66), ‘Eric Liddell in Action’ (p.77), ‘Edward Unwin’ (p.106), and ‘GG and SHM enjoy a game of chess’ (p.195).
[Robert Alexander] Thomson, The People of the Sea. Turnstile Press, 1954.
Contains a frontispiece drawing of seals.
Revised edition, subtitled A Journey in Search of the Seal Legend, published by Barrie & Rockcliff, 1965. Published in America by World Press (Cleveland), 1967 (offset from the revised edition).
Brophy, The Prince and Petronella. Chatto & Windus, 1956.
Dustwrapper drawing of MG, ‘Study of a Head’ – see item 8, above.
The book can be seen bound in bright lemon and in blue. The former is the first edition.
- Thelma Niklaus,
Harlequin Phoenix, or, The Rise and Fall of a Bergamask Rogue. Bodley Head,
Contains a frontispiece drawing of a harlequin which is also used on the d/w.
The American edition published by George Braziller Inc.(New York, 1956), has the same frontispiece, slightly reduced and with margins.
- George Gissing, New
Grub Street. Oxford University Press, 1958. (Worlds Classics No.566)
Dustwrapper drawing of an impoverished writer, chin in hand.
Defoe, The Fortunes and Misfortunes of the famous Moll Flanders. Oxford
University Press, 1961. (Worlds Classics No.587)
Dustwrapper drawing in black of Moll Flanders, on an orange ground, highlighted in white.
- Henry Fielding, Jonathan
Wild. Oxford University Press, 1961. (Worlds Classics No.382)
Dustwrapper drawing, in black on a yellow ground, with white highlights, of an eighteenth-century figure at a table with glass and stacks of coins.
Humphry House, The Dickens World. 2nd ed. Oxford University Press, 1960.
(Oxford Paperback No.9)
Cover drawing of Dickensian characters against a misty background.
Don Quixote. Dent, 1961. 2 vols. (Everymans Library Nos.385 & 386)
Dustwrapper drawings of Don Quixote figure with windmill, and with Sancho Pança, in black with white highlighting against vivid lilac ground. Wrapper marked © 1961 but Dent put the new wrapper on previously printed stock (presumably with an increased cover price) so copies can be found dated as early as 1954, it would seem.
Hampden (ed.), Ghost
Stories. Dent, 1961. (Everymans Library No.952)
Dustwrapper drawing of a figure and tree trunk; marked © 1961 but Dent put the new wrapper on previously printed stock (presumably with an increased cover price) so copies will be found dated 1960.
Allen Poe, Tales of Mystery and Imagination. Dent, 1961. (Everymans
Dustwrapper drawing of a falling man with torch, overprinted in yellow; marked © 1961 but Dent put the new wrapper on previously printed stock (presumably with an increased cover price) so copies will be found from as early as 1955, it would seem.
Also used on the 1971 edition, which is marked ‘Jacket design by Mervyn Peake’ on the front flap, and ‘Jacket design copyright J. M. Dent & Sons Ltd 1972’ [sic] on the back.
Brophy, The Human Face Reconsidered. Harrap, 1962
Plate, ‘Young Negress (detail)’, p.112.
Brophy, The Face in Western Art. Harrap, 1963.
‘New Born Baby’ (Pl.104): four sketches from a sheet of eight.
Gilmore, A World Away. Gollancz, 1970.
Contains seventeen drawings, not all previously unpublished.
The cover of the paperback edition (NEL Mentor, 1971), reproduces the drawing from facing p.112, ‘Heads float about me....’ It does not contain the other drawings.
Batchelor, Mervyn Peake: a biographical and critical exploration. Duckworth,
Dustwrapper drawing of a hand.
The same drawing appears on the cover of the paperback issue (1977).
Watney, Beer is Best. Peter Owen, 1974.
Reproduces two of the drawings commissioned by the Brewers Society in 1946, ‘The characteristic charm of English inns’ and ‘Cricket’ (see Part E).
Watney, Mervyn Peake. Michael Joseph, 1976.
Contains twenty-four drawings, not all previously unpublished.
In the paperback published by Sphere (Abacus) in 1977, the illustrations are grouped as plates.
Croft-Cooke and Peter Cotes (pseud.), Circus: a world history. Paul Elek,
Contains a black-and-white line drawing of a ‘Circus Dog’ on the half-title (printed in MPR 5:40 and in The Voice of the Heart, p.96) and two studies of clowns in colour, one of two clowns embracing and the other of a melancholy clown (p.160, facing the heading for Chapter 7, ‘The Cult of the Circus’), in chalk or pastel.
K. Haynes, Peacocks and Pagodas. Paul Harris (Edinburgh), 1981.
Dustwrapper drawing of a witch and her unusual familiar.
Reproduced on the back of MPR 14.
Smith, Mervyn Peake: a personal memoir. Gollancz, 1984.
Forty-nine illustrations (some of them letters by Peake) and four photographs of MP, plus one of Maeve. A few of the illustrations are from previously published sources; most appear here for the first time.
Lessing, The Fifth
Child. Cape, 1988.
Dustwrapper reproduces ‘Small Boy with Crossed Arms’, plate 51 in The Drawings of Mervyn Peake (A7), calling it (on the rear flap) ‘Boy Reclining’.
The same drawing (smaller and trimmed left and right) was used on the Paladin paperback edition (Grafton Books, 1989).
- Richard Milton, Dead
Secret. House of Stratus, 2000.
Dustwrapper reproduces the figure of Life in Death from The Rime of the Ancient Mariner, 2nd ed. (B5g), with the lips coloured red, as in the original artwork.
Hare (ed.), Good Old, Bad Old Days: the Sussex of Lawrence Graburn. Southern
Heritage Books (Worthing), 2001.
Three line drawings of rustic characters, first published in local newspapers (date not yet known), illustrating articles by Graburn.
- John Coldstream, Dirk Bogarde: the authorised biography. Weidenfeld & Nicolson, 2004.
Portrait of ‘Mrs X’ ca. 1930, identified here as Dorothy Gordon, p.500.
For some odd reason, the author thinks that Mr and Mrs Gordon met MP ‘when his wife, Maeve Gilmore, took a job as a copywriter’ at the J. Walter Thompson advertising agency (p.322). If the portrait was painted around 1930, that was a long time before Maeve married MP – she was 13 in 1930; as for her working as a copywriter, well ...
- Andrea Clarke (ed.), Love Letters: 2000 Years of Romance. British Library Publishing, 2011 (10th November).
Contains 25 love letters in (often partial) facsimile and transcription. Writers include Henry VIII, Charles Dickens, Charlotte Brontë, Horatio Lord Nelson, Oscar Wilde, and – MP (to Maeve). Contains on pp.116–17 a previously unpublished watercolour painting (in colour) of horses beside the sea, taken from the back of the letter quoted, and as the frontispiece a drawing of a small naked boy with a bow (a wingless Cupid). The same boy appears on the front of the d/w and on the back is his arrow making a bullseye in a heart-shaped target, taken from the foot of the letter quoted. Hardback, 128 pages.
G. Peter Winnington 2012
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