Some of the finest titles from Lone Fox Publishing

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Henry Justice Ford: Master Illustrator of Fairy Tale and Myth

 

Illustrated in colour and black & white

 

Henry Justice Ford (1860-1941) was one of the prolific late Victorian and Edwardian illustrators at a time when book illustration was perhaps at its peak. As a painter he exhibited landscapes, portraits and historical subjects in number of major galleries, but it is as a master illustrator of fairy tale and myth, histories and romances that he is best remembered. A follower of the Pre-Raphaelites particularly Walter Crane and Edward Burne-Jones, he forged his own distinctive style of romantic fantasy.

 

His best known work was for the folk and fairy story collectors Andrew & Nora Lang whose lavishly illustrated stories (437 in total) were admired by many later authors including J.R.R. Tolkien, C.S. Lewis and Margaret Atwood.

 

His paintings can be viewed in the Ulster Museum, Swanage Town Hall, Bushey Museum & Art Gallery and the Russell-Cotes Art Gallery & Museum, Bournemouth.

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Inspired by the sea: an anthology of poetry

Edited by Eugenia and Quentin Russell

 

The elemental nature of the sea and its changing moods has inspired poets since the earliest times. This selection of English and American poetry from Anglo-Saxon England through to the First World War covers the broad range of poetic responses to the sea - to its mythic qualities, its romance and the sheer exhilaration of being under sail, its challenges and perils, and the opportunity to use its mystery as a source of meditation and metaphor.

 

The spectrum of verse ranges from the pure joy of sailing expressed by the anonymous Anglo Saxon author of the Seafarer and John Masefield, Coleridge’s mystical Rime of the Ancient Mariner, to the lighter verse of Edward Lear and Lewis Carroll.

 

The poems are accompanied by a selection of black and white engravings, line drawings and paintings.

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Illustrating Jules Verne

 

Edited by Quentin Russell

 

Illustrated in colour and black & white

 

Jules Verne is often regarded as the ‘Father of Science Fiction’ or at least as its first modern exponent, but this was only a proportion of his prodigious output. He wrote more than 60 books, most memorably the 54 novels comprising the Voyages Extraordinaires (Extraordinary Voyages), including his classics 20,000 Leagues under the Sea, Journey to the Centre of the Earth, and From the Earth to the Moon in which he expressed his fascination with science, technological advance, exploration and travel. Such books offered great scope for the illustrators who were commissioned to help bring the tales to life for an audience that at that time was not highly literate.

The series used over 4,000 illustrations, averaging at 60 per novel and one for every six to eight pages of text. These engraved images were important in not only giving substance to the characters but in helping to conjure up the exoticism of far away places and the wonder and dread inspired by Verne’s imagined future based on scientific progress. The illustrations were often used for descriptive purposes, rather than as part of the narrative, or as a foretaste of events about to unfold on the following pages, taking the reader imaginatively beyond words evoking a sense of realism while at the same time entering a dream world.

As a writer of highly imaginative fantasy and adventure, Jules Verne was blessed to be writing at a time when book illustration was reaching its peak. The wealth of experience and talent of his illustrators, who were able to conjure up his worlds before the readers’ eyes, contributed immensely to the success of the Voyages Extraordinaires. A characteristic they all shared was the ability to produce striking content that created visually driven novels with an exciting dynamic between text and image.

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Keats and the Pre-Raphaelites: a selection of poetry illustrated by Pre-Raphaelite artists and their successors

 

Edited by Eugenia and Quentin Russell

 

Illustrated in colour

 

2021 marks the bicentenary of the death of the Romantic poet John Keats (31 October 1795 – 23 February 1821).

 

Following his early death at the age of only 25, John Keats became one of the most influential poets of the 19th century, both for fellow poets and for artists. His quest for the ideal of poetic beauty led him to forge an original and powerful voice full of melancholy and a constant longing, which won him the adoration of his peers and of successive generations. While many later poets acknowledged a debt to his poetic themes and form and his reflections on the relationship between the real and ideal, his narrative poems, akin to Tennyson’s later medieval poems, fuelled the imagination of a whole generation of artists.

 

The Pre-Raphaelites in particular saw in him a kindred radical spirit and were moved by verses and his painterly poetic vision. Both William Holman Hunt and Arthur Hughes depicted scenes from his The Eve of St Agnes and similarly Endymion, Isabella or the Pot of Basil, Lamia and La Belle Dame sans Merci inspired a number of works by the likes of John Everett Millais, John William Waterhouse, George Frederick Watts and Walter Crane.

 

Here for the first time Keats’ poems, including in addition to the above narrative poems his well-known To Autumn and Ode to a Nightingale, are placed together with the paintings they inspired plus some of the illustrations to his works.