Savage Messiah (Signed copy)
The life of Gaudier-Brzeska, signed by H S "Jim" Ede, founder of Kettle's Yard
First edition, first printing. Hardback bound in the original red cloth with gilt titling to spine and gilt signature to upper board. Pages fore-edges untrimmed. 22.5 × 14.5cm, 272pp.
Signed and dedicated by H S Ede to the ffep, and dated 1931.
An illustrated account of the life of Henri Gaudier-Brzeska, the French sculptor who was killed in the Great War.
The author, H S (Jim) Ede worked at the Tate in the 1920s, collecting then undervalued contemporary artists (Picasso, Mondrian etc). He acquired the correspondence and papers of Henri Gaudier and Sophia Brzeska which he used to write this book. After leaving the Tate and some years in Morocco, Ede returned to Cambridge and renovated four cottages to house his art collection, which he gave to Cambridge University in the mid-sixties and the Kettle's Yard gallery was established.
The book is in good sound shape, though there is some fading to the spine and a small 1cm fray to the fabric of the front joint. The inner binding is sound and the pages are clean, if a little age-toned.