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The Original Sketches for King Fo, The Lord of Misrule. A Twelfth-Night Story. (Together with first edition)
(1884). Quarto. (28)ff. A one-of-a-kind album containing the original artwork for the children's book King Fo, The Lord of Misrule, written and illustrated by Robert Dudley. With thirty-five lively and bright pen, ink, and watercolor sketches that incorporate the book's rhyming text, which has been written by hand. Dudley has also added a title page for the album, a bookplate designed for King Fo, and twelve printed sheets of text, which are probably proofs. All are mounted on thick card pages. The album is accompanied by a first-edition copy of the book, published by Thomas De La Rue & Co. One can clearly see the considerable changes that were made between the time the sketches were made and the book's publication, probably for economic reasons. The number of pages was reduced, several of the illustrations were re-configured, and a few of the illustrations were dropped. In addition, some of Dudley's text was altered, probably to fit the new layout. This story of a temperamental monarch who is put in his place by a visiting Japanese conjurer with a large frying pan is said to reflect the growing interest in Orientalism, especially all things Japanese, that occurred in Britain at the time this book was published. Dudley worked as a freelance illustrator and contributed illustrations to many books and other publications. However, he also worked under the famed architect Sir Matthew Digby Wyatt as the superintendent of restoration and monument and the primary draftsman for the Medieval and Renaissance Courts of the Sydenham Crystal Palace. His interests were clearly Medievalist in tendency, but later in life he shared his country's fascination with all things Japanese. The album is bound in red roan with a cross-hatched diamond design on the covers and has been skillfully repaired on its edges. The covers are very slightly rubbed but internally fine and bright. A.e.g.&
      [Bookseller: Bromer Booksellers]
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