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The Smoke at the End of the Road

First Edition



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Signed first edition of The Smoke at the End of the Road by Ken Sprague.

Oblong octavo, 39pp. Original brown paper wraps included. Title in gilt on calf spine, marbled paper boards. New endpapers. Finely bound by Grace Bindery, the recipients of this inscribed copy. Stated “First published in Great Britain 1981” on copyright page. A fine example. Signed by illustrator Ken Sprague on a front flyleaf: “Good Luck and Fortune in the New World! Ken 84.” Includes an additional signed postcard and small signed print.

Ken Sprague (1927-2004) was a British illustrator known for his powerful political cartoons, which often appeared in newspapers and magazines during the 20th century. His illustrations were characterized by their bold lines, sharp satire, and keen commentary on social and political issues.Originally from Devon, England, Alan and Maureen Grace relocated their bookbindery to Louisville, KY, with sponsorship from notable collector Armand Champa. Upon completing the rebinding of Champa’s extensive library, the couple moved to Jacksonville, FL to continue their bookbinding business until Alan passed away in 2011.

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The Iraqi Cultural Centre


First Edition

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Leather bound




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