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Wilde, Oscar; Jessie M. King (illustrator)
A House of Pomegranates
Methuen and Co. Ltd. and Bretanos [1915], London and New York. Hardcover. First edition thus. Includes 16 tipped in color illustrations. The title page, illustrations, endpapers, and initials were all designed by Jessie M. King. Scottish illustrator Jessie Marion King (1875 - 1949) also designed jewelry and fabric, wrote books, and painted pottery. Discouraged from creating art due to her family's strict religious beliefs, she often hid drawings when she was a child. She ultimately attended the Glasgow School of Art anyway - at which she received many awards and her work is still renowned today. This book has been expertly restored using the original red cloth boards with gilt title and decoration to the front board. The spine is of matching modern red cloth without title or gilt work. Wear to the edges of the boards, especially the right edge of the front board, and corners. Dampstain to cloth on rear board. Offsetting to endpapers and occasional smudge marks to margins, but the interior is clean and bright overall. Minor creasing to edges of front endpapers. Attractive despite noted damage, and priced accordingly. 162 pages. CHILD/010318. [Attributes: First Edition; Hard Cover]
Bookseller: The Kelmscott Bookshop, ABAA [Baltimore, MD, U.S.A.]

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