Scarce Signed Limited Edition Howard (Brian) God Save the King, sm. folio Paris (Hours Press) n.d. [c. 1930] Signed Limited Edition 150 Copies Only, uncut, orig. mor. backed decorated boards, signed by John Banting. Bears a m/ss note on f.e.p. dated 1987 about the interior decorator Hermione Ramsden, who is thought to have helped finance the book’s publication. Ex. Scarce.
* Brian Howard (1905 – 1958) was one of the ‘bright young things’ of London Society in the 1920’s. he was well known as a poet but “God Save the King’ – the title is meant ironically – was his only published collection. his later years were characterised by promiscuity, drink, drugs and outrageous behaviour, ending with his suicide following the accidental death of a lover in his bath. There is a Guinness connection with Howard. In 1929 the Hon. Mrs. Bryan Guinness sponsored an exhibition of the works of a hitherto unknown German painter named Bruno Hat. It was a spoof the ‘artist’ was impersonated by Tom Mitford and the paintings were by Brian Howard.