The lithographs were printed on wove paper at the Curwen Press and were included in the book High Street published by Country Life Books in 1938 in an unnumbered edition of 2000 copies, according to the thoroughly researched book, The Story of the High Street by Allan Powers and James Russell (Mainstone Press 2008).
The publisher of the Country Life list was Noel Carrington, the brother of the famous artist of the Bloomsbury Group, Dora Carrington.
The story goes that Carrington first commissioned a text to accompany the lithographs, which Ravilious had worked out on independently at Curwen during 1936 and 1937, from the journalist, Hamish Miles.
Miles’s untimely death at the end of 1937 meant a new text had to be commissioned from J M Richards, the deputy editor of the Architectural Review, who was a friend of Ravilious.
It is believed that the original lithographic stones were destroyed by bombing in 1941. So, there is no possibility of adding to the original print run included in the book entitled High Street, they are rare today and are highly sought-after work of Ravilious.