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KING, Jessie M.

The Grey City Of The North

Edinburgh: T. N. Foulis, 1910

Small 8vo, pp. 51. Original boards with oversized dustwrapper, colour illustrations to front and rear panel, spine lettered in grey. Publisher's advertising slip laid in. Contents fine and bright in an age-toned dustwrapper, some inevitable wear to the outsized edges, spine a little scuffed but complete and intact.

First edition.
A graduate of the Glasgow School of Art during its golden age, Jessie M. King [1875-1949] was one of the pre-eminent Scottish book illustrators of the period. She landed her first commission in 1903, illustrated the Methuen edition of Wilde's A House Of Pomegranatesin 1915, and by the time of her death in 1949 had produced a body of work which straddled both Art Nouveau and Art Deco, and which had been highly influential in the development of both.
This pretty, fragile little book, an album of drawings of Edinburgh landmarks, was followed the next year by an accompanying Glasgow volume.
Copies turn up fairly often, but rarely this well preserved.

Keywords: Jessie M. KING"

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