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A MODERN ILLUMINATED MANUSCRIPT ON VELLUM CONTAINING "ERIN! THE TEAR AND THE SMILE IN THINE EYES," AND OTHER POEMS
London 1916 - 219 x 156 mm (8 5/8 x 6 1/8"). 33, [1] pp., [1] leaf (colophon). Colophon SIGNED by Sangorski. SUPERB JADE GREEN CRUSHED MOROCCO, ORNATELY INLAID AND GILT, BY RIVIERE & SON (stamp-signed on front turn-in), covers framed by swirling leafy fronds bearing gilt flowers and inlaid red morocco berries, large central recessed panel in the shape of a shield outlined in red morocco and densely stippled with gilt and tooled with shamrocks, that on the upper cover with a central green morocco rectangle bearing the title, that on the lower cover containing an oval medallion inlaid with the poet's monogram in blue and brown morocco; raised bands, spine compartments with leafy gilt fronds and red berries, gilt titling, turn-ins framed by multiple gilt rules with floral cornerpieces, moss green watered silk endleaves (these a recent replacement), all edges gilt. In an attractive green morocco folding box lined with felt. Titles in red, a handful of initials in blue or red ink with intricate penwork, 25 LARGE, ORNATE INITIALS in colors and burnished gold, many of these with extensions, six of them accompanied by borders of various sizes; a portrait miniature (signed "AS 1916") and full border on title page, A LARGE OVAL PORTRAIT of a weeping Irish maiden within a full border of twining hairline stems, fern fronds, and burnished gold shamrocks, AND FOUR FINELY PAINTED MINIATURES of various pastoral landscapes. Ratcliffe, "Hidden Treasures," SJR-377. Five shamrocks on lower cover missing tiny patches of gilt, a couple of leaves with small dark spots from burnished gold on the opposite side, but A BEAUTIFUL SPECIMEN, clean and bright internally with rich colors and shining gold, and in a glistening unworn binding. Everything about this volume proclaims "Ireland": the green leather binding tooled with gilt shamrocks, the profusion of green and burnished gold shamrocks in the borders, the black-haired, blue-eyed colleen weeping like Deidre of the Sorrows, the peaceful landscapes with soft cloudy skies and rolling green hills, and the text extolling the beauties and virtues of the author's native land. Dublin-born Moore (1779-1852) achieved in his day a popularity among the London literati second only to Byron, a close personal friend for whom he served as literary executor and who contributed to Moore's success in both direct and indirect ways. DNB observes that "in Ireland he was pre-eminent, and on his visits there could rely on an ecstatic welcome at any public occasion." Calligrapher and illuminator Alberto Sangorski (1862-1932) was particularly gifted in capturing the mood of the writings he turned into works of visual attractiveness. The portraits here are especially appealing, and his favored--somewhat melancholy--palette of blue, dark green, and purple in the borders and initials is well suited to these odes to Moore's beautiful but troubled island. [Attributes: Signed Copy; Hard Cover]
      [Bookseller: Phillip J. Pirages Rare Books (ABAA)]
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