Bury St Edmonds, Suffolk: British Museum Publications, 1988. Hardcover. In the 1880s-1890s, Burne-Jones wrote a series of whimsical letters to Katie Lewis, the young daughter of Sir George Lewis. The letters were accompanied by light-hearted sketches. This book contains 56 black-and-white sketches by Burne-Jones. Octavo, brown boards with gilt title to spine. Cream dust jacket with red titling to front and spine. Both book and dust jacket are in fine condition. PRERAPH/050422. Fine / Fine.
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Oxford: Ashmolean Museum, Oxford, 1974. Paperback. A small (7" x 4 1/2") side-stapled pamphlet by the art historian John Christian. Cover is color print of John Everett Millais' The Return of the Dove to the Ark. Pages have yellowed somewhat but are otherwise in fine condition. Small mark from a removed piece of tape on back cover. 44 pages, including several black and white illustrations. PRERAPH/050522. Very Good.
New York: Oxford University Press, 1955. Hardcover. Joan Evans is the co-editor, with J. Howard Whitehouse, of the published diaries of John Ruskin, which were release in 1956. This biography was written concurrently with the publication of the diaries, which provided much source material. Ms. Evans sympathetic to Ruskin, considers his story of a tragedy Octavo, blue cloth boards with gilt title to spine. Spine is slightly faded. Previous owner's name stamped on bottom end pages; previous bookseller label on bottom inside cover. No dust jacket. 447 pages. PRERAPH/050422. Very Good.
East Aurora, NY: Roycroft Print Shop, 1902. Paperback. Hubbard founded the Roycroft community in 1895. His Little Journeys series of small works on various writers and artists and his visits to their homes began in 1896 and became quite well known. The collection on Eminent Artists was published in 12 separate monthly releases, describing the homes of 12 different artists. This series was described as "strictly deluxe in form and workmanship" by the publisher and used a new font of antique blackface. Small octavo. In very good condition, with some darkened rubbing to edge of back wrapper. Bound in dark brown paper wrappers, saddle stiched, with black title and orange Roycroft symbol to front. 29 pages.PRERAPHI/051122. Very Good.
East Aurora, NY: Roycroft Print Shop, 1907. Paperback. Hubbard founded the Roycroft community in 1895. His Little Journeys series of small works on various writers, artists and other famous people, and his visits to their homes began in 1896 and became quite well known. The collection on Reformers was published in 12 separate monthly releases, describing the homes of 12 different people whom Hubbard considered reformers. Bound in dark brown paper wrappers, saddle stiched, with black title, red highlights, and Roycroft symbol to front. Pages are clear and bright; wrappers and advertising pages are partially split and detached. Small octavo. 36 pages. PRERAPHI/051122. Good +.
East Aurora, NY: Roycroft Print Shop, 1930. Paperback. Annual publication of The Roycrofters. Bound in light brown paper wrappers, saddle stiched, with black title, red highlights, and Roycroft symbol to front. Small octavo. Some damp staining to pages. Small section of back wrapper has been ripped off. 40 pages. PRERAPHI/051122. Good +.
New York: The Vanguard Press, 1965. Hardcover. The main source of these letters is the Bowerswell Papers, acquired by the Pierpont Morgan Library from Effie Milliais' grandson, Sir Ralph Millais. Effie married John Ruskin in 1848 when she was nineteen, and she secretly left him and had the marriage annulled 6 years later, before marrying John Everett Millais. These letters describe the Ruskin's time in Venice, as well as hint at the difficulties in the marriage. Octavo, maroon paper boards, with some smudging; previous owner's name stamped to bottom of page ends. Gilt titling on spine. No dust jacket. 354 pages, including index. PRERAPH/050422. Very good.
Hammersmith: Kelmscott Press, 1897. One of 300 paper copies. There were an additional 8 vellum copies. A lovely copy of one of the Kelmscott Press's most beautiful books. This was the last but one of the books issued by the press. It was only the second book to be printed in three colors, with the addition of blue to the usual black and red. It includes two illustrations by Edward Burne-Jones, engraved on wood by W.H. Hooper. The frontis illustration was designed for this edition. The second illustration at the end of the text was originally intended for an early illustrated edition of this work that was never produced. Bound in limp vellum with the six fragile silk ties present. Love is Enough is stamped in gold on the spine in Golden type. Some light discoloration on covers but still about fine. The text is printed on Perch paper in Troy type, with stage directions in Chaucer type. With ornamental borders and initials throughout [Peterson bibliography A52]. An exceptionally nice copy in fine condition. Housed in a serviceable clamshell box covered in red cloth with gilt title to spine. Large quarto. 91 pages. PRI/050322. Fine.
Berkeley: Univeristy of California Press and Cambridge University Press, 1963. 1st Edition. Hardcover. Contains 154 letters; 133 of which were previously unpublished. 29 written by Dante Gabriel, 96 by Christina, and 26 by William Michael. Most are from the archives of Macmillan publishers in London. Alexander Macmillan was the primary publisher of Christina and also published two works by William Michael. Octavo, brown paper boards with title to spine, in brown dust jacket with red title to front and spine. Price-clipped and remaindered mark on bottom of pages. Some smudging and a slight tear at upper left front of dust jacket. 166 pages, including index. PRERAPH/050422. Very good / Very Good.
London: Macmillan & Co., 1893. Hardcover. First edition of this beautiful version of Christina Rossetti's famed poem with the influential illustrations and cover design by Laurence Housman. It remains one of the most noted illustrated books of the late nineteenth century. The scarce dust jacket is present but in barely good condition. A previous owner saw fit to use tape along the upper and lower edges, and there is fraying along top of jacket and a piece missing from the bottom of the spine. Protected by a commercial mylar cover. Bound in green silk cloth with the gilt repeating design to both covers. Very slight bumping and light wear to spine edges. offsetting to front and rear endpapers from the dust jacket. Interior pages have some mild aging to margins, and the gutters are exposed in a few places where the book was opened flat. With twelve full page illustrations and numerous text decorations. Still a nice copy in very good condition. Small octavo. 63 pages. PRERAPH/051022. Very Good.
Paris: Petit Palais, 1972. Paperback. This is a catalogue of a special exhibition of British romantic painters and Pre-Raphaelites held at the Petis Palais in Paris from January-April 1972. Painters included in the exhibition included Blake, Burne-Jones, Constable, Fuseli, Gainsborough, Holman Hunt, Millais, Reynolds, Rossetti, and Turner. Many black and white plates, and 8 color plates, including Blake's The Ancient Days and Millais' Ophelia. In French. Bumping to upper right corner that runs throughout pages and cover. ART/050422. Very Good.