London: Jonathan Cape, 1940. First Edition. SIGNED 'Sydney Cockerell/Kew 28 June, 1945' to frontis. Octavo; A Very Good copy (light extremity wear, corners rounded, spine lightened) in publisher's pale blue cloth, spine lettered in burgundy. Item #20380
Cockerell was well known as private secretary to William Morris, becoming a major collector of Kelmscott Press books; he was secretary also to Wilfrid Scawen Blunt; and was Thomas Hardy's executor. From 1908 to 1937 Cockerell was Director of the Fitzwilliam Museum, in Cambridge. He built up the Museum's collections of private-press books and manuscripts, prints, drawings, paintings (including Titian's Tarquin and Lucretia), ceramics and antiquities. It was he who secured the Museum's rich holdings of works by William Blake and who bought its first Picasso print... He was a leading figure in the revival of italic handwriting as an artistic craft. His son, Sir Christopher Cockerell, invented the hovercraft. (wiki).