"It is the silence of the mountains…time is enormous, unaware of the human"
[STONE, Reynolds] THOMAS, R.S. The Mountains. New York: Chilmark Press, 1968.
Large 4to., Blue cloth-backed decorated paper boards with lettering in gilt to spine, top edge green, else untrimmed, beige card slipcase; pp. 42, 10 wood engravings by Reynolds Stone after drawings by Piper; a bright, fresh copy, with very minor rubbing to outside edges of boards and corners; splits to slip-case expertly repaired.
Limited edition, number 216 of a total edition of 350 copies, this example additionally inscribed by Reynolds Stone to John Sparrow, with Sparrow's bookplate designed by Stone pasted underneath. Designed and printed by Will and Sebastian Carter at the Rampant Lions Press, in the Palatino types designed by Hermann Zapf on mould-made paper from Wookey Hole Mill and bound at the Cambridge University Press.
Just after World War II, John Piper and Reynolds Stone, both enthusiasts of nineteenth-century topographical guide-books, decided to produce a modern equivalent to illustrate the mountains of Snowdonia. Accompanying the engravings, they asked Thomas to produce a series of rich poetic prose, which was strongly influenced by his own life experiences growing up against the backdrop of the Welsh mountains. The result is a very effective collaboration, which accurately portrays the atmosphere of Snowdon and its surroundings.
John Hanbury Angus Sparrow (1906 – 1992) was an English academic, barrister, book-collector, and Warden of All Souls College, Oxford, from 1952 to 1977. In Oxford he was well known as a book-collector and bibliographer, became President of the Oxford University Society of Bibliophiles, and was later awarded an OBE. After its obscenity trial, Sparrow famously wrote an article for Encounter on Lady Chatterley's Lover, arguing that the acquittal was wrong, as the novel promoted the illegal practice of sodomy.