London: Methuen, 1957. First Edition. A notable association copy. Ayrton (1921-1975) was among the preeminent British artists of the post-war period; like Shahn, he applied his talents to an impressively wide range of projects, including stage design, typography, illustration, criticism and broadcasting. Also like Shahn, Ayrton frequently found himself at odds with the artistic establishment, particularly with respect to the increasing post-war vogue for non-representational abstraction, a topic which Ayrton visits frequently in the current collection of essays. Includes an Introduction by Ayrton's mentor Wyndham Lewis; this was the last work of Lewis's to be published during his lifetime. Small octavo. Original red cloth boards; pictorial dustjacket; 219pp. Warm and lengthy presentation inscription on front endpaper to Ben Shahn: "For Ben Shahn, non writer, from Michael Ayrton, also a non writer, this Book (which contains enough misprints to justify the claim of illiteracy but, I hope, contains enough sense to suggest a shape of content) with respect and in the hope of an eventual meeting," dated February 20, 1958. A Very Good copy, lightly foxed and darkened on endpapers, jacket slightly dusted, also Very Good.