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(VELLUM PRINTING). (ILLUMINATIONS - MODERN). (ROBIN WILLIAMS' COPY). TENNYSON, ALFRED LORD. RATLIFF, J. C.(?), Illuminator
EXTRACTS FROM "THE IDYLLS OF THE KING.
[London: Winsor & Newton, ca. 1862]. This very substantial volume contains extracts from Tennyson's version of the Arthurian legend, highlighted by splendid illuminations of great beauty and interest. It is also an appealing association copy, having been owned by one of the most beloved actors and comedians of our time, who once starred in a film directly connected with Tennyson. And there is more here that is puzzling and intriguing, beginning with a note accompanying the volume suggesting that these leaves were presented to Tennyson as an authorial memento. It is also possible that the illumination here is actually by Alberto Sangorski (though, because of the dates of Tennyson's death and of Sangorski's career as an illuminator, only one of these things can be true). This set of eight lithographed leaves was originally issued with decorations and calligraphic text (in multiple hands) in black and white, left to be painted and illuminated by artists apparently stimulated by a heightened interest in illumination as a part of the Victorian fascination with all things Medieval. The "Extracts" must have been part of a small press run, or they must have been roughly used, because copies now are very seldom seen for sale (besides the present one, we have traced just two copies at auction). However rare the work is, it would seem that at least one of the sets remained without coloring and illumination into the 20th century, because a copy said to have been painted and illuminated by Alberto Sangorski, who began his career as an illuminator about 1905, was sold at Sotheby's in 20 … [Click Below for Full Description]
Bookseller: Phillip J. Pirages Fine Books and Medieval Manuscripts [US]
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