BRICKHILL, Paul. The Great Escape … with Drawings by Ley Kenyon. London, Faber, [March, 1951].
8vo. Original cloth with the rarely seen illustrated dust-wrappers, designed by Ley Kenyon, not price-clipped; pp. 263, illustrations in the text after Ley Kenyon, plates after photographs; cloth a little darkened in places, apart from light wear and one tear to margins of wrappers, lower panel of wrapper a little spotted, name on front fly-leaf, and minor initial spots initially, a very good copy copy.
First edition, first printing. The most iconic WWII escape story, a run-away success for the author and publisher. Ley Kenyon was a professional artist between the wars. He was captured by the Germans and continued to paint on scraps of paper from the Red Cross parcels. His skill was noticed and he became the forger of documents for the escape committee. Before and after the War he worked as commercial artist and painter. He dived with Jacques Cousteau, and taught Prince Philip to scubadive in the pool at Buckingham Palace. - All early printings are scarce.