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[Gardner, Isabella Stewart]
A Choice of Book from the Library of Isabella Stewart Gardner, Fenway Court
[For private distribution, printed at the Merrymount Press], 1906. Presentation copy from Isabella Stewart Gardner to friend and longtime correspondent Matthew Stewart Prichard8vo (9.75" x 5.75"). [6], 70, [4] pp. Woodcut title vignette printed in orange. In quarter olive cloth and marbled paper over boards, paper spine label, edges untrimmed, plain endpapers. Moderate edgewear and chipping, cloth rubbed at extremities, spine label soiled and chipped; scattered foxing to edges and margins, offsetting to gutters. Presentation inscription to ffep ("Matt S. Prichard/ from/ Isabella S. Gardner/ 1906 Christmas") and bookplate of the Grolier Club (the item having been deaccessioned without markings) to front pastedown.An excellent association copy of Gardner's self-prepared catalogue of books ranging from Aldine imprints to Yeats. Although the book was printed at Merrymount Press, D.B. Updike chose to omit the imprint after detecting numerous textual errors - later adding the wry note, "the compilation of catalogues, like the keeping of hotels, appears within the powers of most Yankees until they try it" ("Notes," p. 30). It's noteworthy that the inscription to Matthew Stewart Prichard (1865-1936) - an English-born curator and art theorist who would serve for a time as the assistant director of Boston's Museum of Fine Arts, Gardner's neighbor at Fenway Court - came near the close of 1906, as Prichard would leave the U.S. for good in 1907. He and Gardner remained frequent correspondents, however, and several portraits of Prichard remain in the Gardner Museum's collection - most … [Click Below for Full Description]
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