C1934
 (1983)

Building the Bridge

A unique personlised copy of Robert Emerson Curtis’s facsimile edition (1983) of Building the Bridge.  The book has Richard King’s bookplate on the front flyleaf which was designed by Emerson Curtis and is numbered 24 of 50 and signed in pencil … Read Full Description

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Full Title:

Building the Bridge

Date:

C1934
 (1983)

Condition:

In good condition.

Technique:

Hard cover with colour printed boards with silver title.

Image Size: 

245mm 
x 342mm
AUTHENTICITY
Building the Bridge - Vintage Book from 1934

Guaranteed Vintage Item
dated:

1983

Description:

A unique personlised copy of Robert Emerson Curtis’s facsimile edition (1983) of Building the Bridge. 

The book has Richard King’s bookplate on the front flyleaf which was designed by Emerson Curtis and is numbered 24 of 50 and signed in pencil by R. Emerson Curtis at lower right. On the following fly leaf is a black and white signed photograph of a seated Curtis with a brush in his hand signed and dated, Robert Curtis 1983. On the title page is an original vintage sepia photograph taken from a wharf of the incomplete Sydney Harbour Bridge and a dedication in black ink; To Richard of the elegant Print Room. Robert – March 1982.

On the page with the Publisher’s Note, is another original vintage photograph of one the arches of the incomplete bridge.

On the rear flyleaf is a photocopy of an obituary from the Sydney Morning Herald, Friday, April, 5, 1996 and second on the other side of the same flyleaf from the Australian April 17, 1996.

Hard cover with colour printed boards with silver title.

Robert Emerson Curtis (1898 - 1996)

Curtis was a painter, illustrator and cartoonist, born in Croydon, England, on 4 October 1898, educated in Chile (1909-12) and at Farnham Grammar School, England (1912-14). His family came to Australia in 1914 and he worked on their farm in Queensland until 1919. He he moved to Brisbane where his first job was as an illustrator with a Brisbane department store. In 1922 Curtis sailed to the USA with his friend, the pioneer filmmaker, Charles Chauvel. There he studied at the Art Institutes of San Francisco and Chicago and undertook industrial commissions as a freelance commercial artist. While in Chicago, Curtis worked as an architectural draftsman for the town planner of San Francisco Daniel H. Burnham (1846-1912), after the great fire of 1871 led to intense skyscraper rebuilding in the ’80s and ’90s. Curtis returned to Sydney in 1928 and began recording the erection of the Sydney Harbour Bridge and produced a series of lithographs.

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