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BERNARD (Oliver P. [OBE, MC]) Cock Sparrow: A True Chronicle. 1st Ed., 384pp. Cape. 1936  #58306
[HLMainPic] Rare memoirs of Oliver Percy Bernard (1881-1939), self-taught artist & set-designer, architect of, inter al, the Strand Place Hotel. Initally rejected for military service because of poor hearing, he was eventually commissioned in the Royal Engineers in 1916 & became a camouflage officer in France. The Western Front occupies nearly 200 pages, with much of great interest on his work in the Ypres salient &c., & the book is "Dedicated to the Corps of Royal Engineers." Bernard had survived the sinking of the Lusitania, ptoduced much great work between the wars & died in 1939 (soon after he inscribed this copy). Orig. red cloth, gilt, VG, inscribed by the author: "To Pauline with many happy returns 30:3:39 Oliver Bernard," plus press cutting portrait of Oliver to paste down & Ex-Libris label of the architectural historian, writer & broadcaster Gavin Stamp. See illustration on our website.   £225




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