NY: 6x9 Press, 1957. Oblong octavo. 12ff., frenchfold. Oblong octavo. 12ff., frenchfold. Limitation not noted, but one of 80 copies. Illustrated with nine hand-colored linocuts by Seymour Chwast. With an Introduction by Chwast's cousin Dachine Rainer, the anarchist writer whose novella, A Room at the Inn, would be published the following year. An early work by Chwast expressing his lifelong anti-war views, the sequel to which, Seymour Chwast at War with War, was published in 2016. In A Book of Battles, Chwast illustrates nine battles—from Marathon in 490 B.C. to Ypres in the first World War—accompanied by quotations, the effect of which, as Rainer notes in her introduction, is "to give rise to a number of provocative speculations on the desirability of an enduring 'Cease Fire!'" Bound in cloth backed decorated paper boards with a printed title label on upper cover. Slightest edgewear, else fine. Item #25286
(Seymour Chwast Archive).