Camouflage and Art: Design for Deception in World War 2 by Henrietta Goodden

Camouflage and Art: Design for Deception in World War 2 by Henrietta Goodden soon to be presented for sale on the stupendous BookLovers of Bath web site!

Published: London: Unicorn Press, 2007, Hardback in dust wrapper.

Contains: Black & white photographs; Facsimiles; Colour plates; Illustrated endpapers and blanks; Glossary;

From the cover: The group of talented young British designers, architects and artists who joined the Directorate of Camouflage at the beginning of World War 2 shared more in common than their professional skills; many were graduates of the Royal College of Art and some, at the end of the war, became tutors and professors of the College under its new Principal, Robin Darwin.

Basing the research for her book on Ministry of Defence records, Royal College of Art archives and help from the families of wartime camoufleurs, Henrietta Goodden explores the development of the extraordinary ideas which were to play such an important part in defeating the enemy in the air, on land and at sea. Among the names in wartime camouflage later to become famous in other walks of life were Basil Spence, architect, Oliver Messel, designer, Victor Stiebel, couturier, Edward Seago, painter, and Hugh Casson, architect and President of the Royal Academy of Arts. The copious images in this book, illustrating different methods and applications of camouflage, are much more than just military records and instructions and vividly evoke the atmosphere and conditions of wartime Britain.

The ingenious solutions and products of fertile, inventive and sometimes eccentric minds to confuse and deceive attackers, are the subject of this well-researched and illustrated book.

Very Good+ in Very Good+ Dust Wrapper.

Blue boards with Gilt titling to the Spine. 192 pages. Index. Bibliography. 8¾” x 9¾”.

Of course, if you don’t like this one, may I beguile you with my offerings from my intriguing Military History catalogue?


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