Time Was Away: A Notebook in Corsica by Alan Ross and John Minton

Artist(s): John Minton
Author(s): Alan Ross
Format: hardback
Edition: First
Year published: 1948
Publisher: John Lehmann Ltd
Publisher Location: London
Total Pages: 189
Illustrations: Illustrated in colour throughout

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Time Was Away is a book about Corsica, the result of a close artistic collaboration between a poet and a painter. The drawings and prose combine to produce a sensuous evocation of place and to convey the particular quality of landscape and life in Corsica – the bays and mountains, the marquis and the olive groves, the picturesque old ports, a romantic past that holds the present in a death-like spell, and the ennui that suddenly bubbles over into exaggerated drama and then as quickly subsides. Mostly it is the great visual and sensual enjoyment of colour, inanimate beauty and wildness, a descriptive study in fact of Corsica as a microcosm of the Mediterranean. The book contains over fifty illustrations, including eight in full colour, portraits of famous Corsican historical figures, maps and a number of poems.

Condition: Some slight spotting to boards. One inch closed tear to bottom left edge of unclipped dust-jacket and a few tiny chips to its corners. A superb copy and one of Minton’s finest works

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