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Mervyn Peake

Poems and Drawings

London: Keepsake Press, 1965. Stk. PR 6031 E183 P6.

When Roy Lewis, owner of the Keepsake Press, visited one of the Russian satellite countries, he mentioned casually that he owned a private press. There was instant attention and he was asked: ‘What subversive revolutionary things did he produce?’ His reply (followed perhaps by instant disillusion): ‘Small books of poetry printed for pleasure.’ This modest production containing Mervyn Peake’s poetry and art was one such pleasurable item printed. In printing this book, Lewis was aided by Fabian Peake, the author’s son. This limited edition of 150 has its own special charm.