Blitz. Letters from London September and October 1940. Written by Evelyn Lister to her sister Mildred. Printed with aquatints & photographs by Susan Allix
Allix, Susan.

London: 1914. One of fifteen copies. With five photographs, seven aquatints, two lino cuts and four reproduced sections of the original letters. Of the five photographs, three were taken in the early 1960s with a 'box Brownie' camera. The aquatints, printed in black and brown with hand-coloring, are from drawings made at demolition sites and in the underground. The burning and smoking give different results on each copy. Printed letterpress in 18 pt. Grotesque 215 with 12 pt. Grotesque Italic and 18 p. Granby Light Italic, on Saunders Waterford paper. As new. Black goatskin and light brown textured handmade paper, with morocco, reversed leather, and metallic onlays. In slate gray cloth clamshell slipcase. Large quarto. [60] pp. (Item ID: 16077)


Allix notes: "In the summer of 2013 I was given a small collection of letters. The owner Mildred or ‘Billie’ as she was known, had recently died and these were found among her possessions. They were written to her by her sister Evelyn, a young woman in her twenties working in central London, and they date from the 1940s. "On 7 September 1940 the period of sustained bombing known as the Blitz began over London. Evelyn, or Ana as she signs herself, tells of the devastation to the city, the personal fear and the spirit of the people in difficulties around her as she survives in the centre of the nightly raids. These simple and unassuming letters, written descriptively with occasional colloquialisms of the times, begin on 13 September and continue until 27 October 1940. As it will never be possible to have this same experience, designing the book seemed sometimes similar to creating an historical novel. Descriptions, film, artefacts and related reconstructions can help to provide brief windows and snapshots of the time, and Evelyn’s letters accompany visual ideas that make them more imaginatively real."

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