I re-bound this book. The book, printed in 1946, was made with the inferior materials available after World War II and so the cover was in bad condition. The subject of the book is the illustrations created by artist Diana Orpen during 1940 and 1941. Orpen nursed wounded English and French soldiers after the Battle of Dunkirk. This work prevented her from attending daily Mass, she instead meditated on the Gospel readings and drew the sketches which she called a “personal sheet-anchor in a world where physical exhaustion was the outstanding feature”. The sketches are interesting because Orpen used her contemporaries as models for the passages she was illustrating. The book poignantly evokes the sacrifices and hardships that the English people faced during World War II. The new cover that I made is deliberately simple since the original cover was necessarily spare. Yet, I admire the sketches and wished to celebrate them, so added the simple gilt border to the inset cover illustration.
|Title||Meditations with a Pencil|
|Artist/Creator||Barbara Adams Hebard|
|Place of Publication||Melrose, MA|
|Book Structure/ Binding Method||Full gray buckram cloth case binding with surface gilt paper illustration inset|
|Number of Pages||127|
|Dimensions (WxH) or (WxHxD)||6.4 x .5 x 9.25 inches|
|Signed and Numbered?||Unsigned|