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Forefathers

This is an uncommon title. Carr described the book in his History of the QTP as a brief essay on Anglo-Norse carvings. The text and 16 drawings are all done by hand. I have only seen one copy of the purple edition and four copies of the orange edition, two of which are in Kettering Public Library. Perhaps Carr only had few copies printed, not the usual 3,000 (History of the QTP, 1987). I suspect that he was not happy with the purple copy, because it was hard to see clearly, so had the covers reprinted, but I could be wrong.

There are no copies of Forefathers listed in UK university libraries or in WorldCat.

Carr commissioned Chris Fiddes to illustrate and add the text to a poem by Edmund Blunden also called Forefathers, which can be seen here.


(Last updated on 23/11/2020)



SBH-FOR1: First edition, first impression?

Publisher: J.L. Carr Publisher, 27 Mill Dale Road, Kettering

Year: probably 1981

ISBN: None

Size: 128 x 95 mm

Pages: 16 pp

Staples: one

Binding: printed matt card covers

Paper: rough, not glazed, natural colour

Illustrations: printed in black

Editor: J.L. Carr

Cover artist: J.L. Carr

Internal illustrations: J.L. Carr

Number in series: none given

Colophon: none

Printing history: none stated

Number of other titles listed: none

Printed by: Harry Richardson (Printers) Ltd, Dryden Street, Kettering

Notes: The name of the printer is printed inside the front cover. Inside the rear cover is what may be a section of a map of Yorkshire with a quotation from a poem by Hilaire Belloc in a small window. Underneath is Carr's signature in facsimile. This is the first and only small book that shows his signature.

The copy illustrated to the left was withdrawn from the Imperial War Museum. The museum has in their collection a copy of the poems of Edward Thomas published by Carr which has the same accession number (81/1849), so perhaps Carr had sent them both at the same time. The 81 is presumed to refer to the year 1981. There are no copies of Forefathers listed on JISC Library Hub. The company I bought it from specialises in selling books no longer wanted by libraries.

Photo of book

Rear and front covers


Image of inside front coverImage of inside rear cover

Left: Inside front cover;       Right: inside rear cover



It is possible that Carr was not happy with the dark purple card used for the cover with black lettering and changed it to the cover shown below and abandoned this impression. But why send a copy to the Imperial War Museum? Perhaps it was to hand when he sent the copy of the poems of Edward Thomas? Other than the colour of the card used for the cover, these two impressions are identical.




SBH-FOR2: First edition, second impression?

Publisher: J.L. Carr Publisher, 27 Mill Dale Road, Kettering

Year: possibly 1980/1981

ISBN: None

Size: 128 x 94 mm

Pages: 16 pp

Staples: 2

Binding: brown on orange printed glossy card covers

Paper: pale brown
Illustrations: printed in black

Editor: J.L. Carr

Cover artist: J.L. Carr

Internal illustrations: J.L. Carr

Number in series: none given

Colophon: none

Printing history: none stated

Number of other titles listed: none

Printed by: Harry Richardson (Printers) Ltd, Dryden Street, Kettering

Notes: This is presumed to be the second impression because the details of the cover and inside the front and rear covers can be seen more clearly. There are two copies in Kettering Public Library.

Photo of book

Rear and front covers


Image of inside front coverImage of inside rear cover

Left: Inside front cover;       Right: inside rear cover