Title: Boy Scout's Illustrated Notebook
Publisher: c. 1930, England
Publication Date: 1930
Book Condition: Very Good
Disbound, broken text block only; 176 x 227 mm; 78 lined pages, with text handwritten in black ink, and fine illustrations in ink and/or gouache; plus a photo and a short article clipped from a newspaper and neatly tipped-on. This volume perhaps fell into the hands of a terrorist younger sibling, as a few pages are scribbled on, or have chips or scuffs (where it appears that a tipped-on item has been removed). Still, the surviving pages are remarkable and -- since the binding is already broken -- begging for display. Our author intials his artwork "L.C.S.," and his thoughtful text reveals his age (16 years), the names of his fellow scouts (Cooles, Adams, Burchett, Matthews, Moore) and scout leaders (Sanders, Ward), and some details about activities in Gilwell Park and around Bournemouth. But L.C.S. is clearly more interested in honing his artistic skills than writing much down -- the bulk of this volume is given over to his impressively accomplished decorative borders, full-page gouache landscapes, and comical ink sketches. He provides maps of camp sites at Colyton and Upton; cartoons of sites being invaded by cows or bees; goache portraits of Native American Indians, or animals, or sweeping landscapes; portraits of scouts in uniform that illustrate the different uniforms used in Spain, Czechoslovakia, Iceland, Denmark, Sweden, Norway, Siam, Poland, Scotland, and Hungary. He excells at embellishments, ornate lettering, and decorative borders, and it happens frequently that he'll create an elaborate border for a page, but then neglect to fill it. Bookseller Inventory # D7486
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