Gargoyles & Tattie-Bogles: the lives and work of Douglas Percy Bliss and Phyllis Dodd

by Malcolm Yorke

While Douglas Percy Bliss wrote kindly and perceptively several decades ago about his friend Edward Bawden (for a book published by the Pendomer Press), and earlier in his career took up the pen to write about Eric Ravilious and the emerging engravers of the 1920s, no-one has written comprehensively about Bliss himself, who was a notable engraver, teacher and – especially – landscape painter; the same applies to his wife Phyllis Dodd. Dr Malcolm Yorke has written several fine books for this Press and his study of Bliss, of Phyllis (a fine portrait painter) and the succeeding generation of artistic Blisses, will be another important book. It runs to 280 pages and will be among the really great Fleece Press books, lots of tip-ins and designed as well as I can make it. There will be tipped-in prints made from four of Douglas' wood-engraved blocks, and one by Rosalind Bliss; pre-publication price £272.
For publication in late summer 2017, now in progress, prospectus available on request.
STAMPS: If you recently had the prospectus but were charged £2 by the Royal Mail, I apologise. I buy stamps only from my village Post Office in order to keep it going, and they are similarly baffled. 49 stamps off one sheet were wrongly franked as counterfeit by the sorting office and Royal Mail have issued a full apology: the idiot who did this is being given 'full training'. A total of 46 of you have contacted me, and I am sorry for the nuisance caused.

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