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KING, Jessie M.

The City Of The West

Edinburgh: T. N. Foulis, 1911

Small 8vo, unpaginated. Original deluxe binding, boards lettered in gilt on spine, and gilt illustration and lettering to front panel. Edges uncut. Corners and spine ends a little bumped, small repaired scuff to lower corner of front panel, a little dusty and age-toned. Two contemporary ownership signatures to ffep. Contents pristine. About near fine.

First edition, in the deluxe binding.
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 little book, an album of drawings of Glasgow landmarks, became a farewell note to her home town: at the time of its publication, King and her husband, the artist E. A. Taylor, moved to Paris, where they lived for the next twenty years. (The book was preceded by an accompanying Edinburgh volume, published in 1910).
When found at all, this book almost always surfaces in the trade, softcover wrappers. It is extremely scarce in the deluxe binding.

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