BATES, H.E. The Great House. Snake River Press, 1984.
4to. Original morocco-backed paper-covered boards, lettered in gilt on spine; with 3 coloured lithographs by Geoffrey Trenaman, one of which is folding; unpaginated; a fine copy.
Limited edition of 25 copies printed for the artist.
An essay taken from a larger work, 'O More Than Happy Countryman', The Great House describes a journey taken by Bates between the North Downs of Kent and the West Downs of Sussex, encompassing the his thoughts on the beauty of the countryside, as well as many towns and villages along the way. Ending with a beautiful fold-out lithograph of Brighton Pier.
"Bates writes in the midst of war and his military service, appreciating a countryside and way of life that the war will forever change. Not wishing to return to "a rural life governed by privilege," he nevertheless acknowledges the creativity and beauty created by that life and asks "have we anything to put in its place?" He considers Victorian town planning and coastal development, remembers childhood visits to the seaside, and contemplates the nature of the English character and tradition." (Paul Machlis)