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RANSOME, Cecily.)
Manuscript:] Dorothy's Fifth Birthday and How She Spent It. Verses by Aunt Thomalina. Illustrations by Cecily Ransome.
[Limpsfield:] [N.A.], 1911. Quarto, [pp. 16]. Original paper wrappers, titles and illustration to front cover in pen and ink and watercolour, original green cotton ties. Manuscript notebook, faintly ruled in pencil, closely written in black ink by a single hand, neat and highly legible. Faint browning to spine, covers and endpapers a little soiled, a very good, bright copy. With 4 pen and ink and watercolour illustrations in the text, illustrated initials, and rose line fillers, by Cecily Ransome. A charming illustrated manuscript with the illustrations by Arthur Ransome's sister, Cecily Ransome (1885-1956), an amateur artist who trained at the Académie Colarossi in Paris. It is believed that Cecily also illustrated the title page for Arthur's 1911 work The Hoofmarks of the Faun. She appears to have been commissioned by a family friend from Limpsfield, in Surrey, where the Ransome family had long had family, to illustrate this birthday gift book. The book describes a young girl named Dorothy's birthday party, and gives details both on Dorothy's presents and guests, and on her family's home life. This provides a fascinating insight into the workings of a pre-war family home and mentions the various members of staff the family of four employed, including; the house maids, Sarah, Grace, Laura and Louisa, the chef, Gatenby, the butler, Massingham, the groom, James, and his family, and the gardener, George, and his wife. This polished work is in a style classic to the time, the rose embellishments reminiscent of Charles Rennie Mackintosh. Hammond, A12; Arthur Ransome's Long-lost … [Click Below for Full Description]
Bookseller: Peter Harrington. ABA/ ILAB. [London, United Kingdom]

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