Masquerade

WILLIAMS, Kit

WILLIAMS, Kit Masquerade

Jonathan Cape, 1979.

First edition. 4to. Glazed pictorial boards. Colour illustrations throughout by Kit Williams A near fine copy, gift inscription to the front free endpaper verso.

In 1976 Tom Maschler of Jonathan Cape saw some of Williams's artwork and was so enraptured by it that he was convinced that he could do a book with him, probably a children's book or a book of his paintings. Masquerade was the result, and it became a publishing phenomenon in 1979, containing as it did clues in paintings and verse that led ultimately to the physical location of an 18-carat Golden Hare, encased in a ceramic casket to hide it from metal detectors.
Williams achieved unwanted fame when the search for the hare became an unlikely national obsession, with lawns dug up around the country as a result of the bizarre and often misleading clues contained in the elaborate paintings that comprised the book.

Stock ID: 39559

£20.00

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