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Ford Madox Brown: A Record of His Life and Work
Longmans, Green, and Co, London 1896 - Hardcover. TIPPED IN 2 PAGE AUTOGRAPH LETTER FROM FORD MADOX BROWN AND INSCRIBED BY THE AUTHOR. The book was inscribed in 1929 to noted book collector Frank Irving Fletcher from Ford Madox Hueffer, with "Mr. Ford" in parentheses. The letter from Ford Madox Brown is dated November 27, 1892, and is written to the poet William Allingham. The letter says "My dear Allingham, I am putting in for the Slade Professorship at Cambridge and I don't think it likely that anyone more to your tastes is likely to come forward - If you know any that are high in office there and find yourself able at any time to say a good word for me, will you remember it. I shall most likely print some address, but print [crossed out] offer no testimonials and make no canvass - we have not been [?] for a good while but have ourselves been very quiet and in part of the time [?] since Cathy's marriage. Trusting soon to meet again believe me ever yours sincerely Ford Madox Brown." This extensive biography of one of the great artists of the Victorian age was written by his also famous grandson, the author Ford Madox Ford, who later changed his last name from Hueffer in homage to his grandfather. Although Madox Brown was never a member of the Pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood, he was closely associated with them, in particular, with Dante Gabriel Rossetti. Bound in white cloth with beautiful and intricate green, blue, red design by William Harrison Cowlishaw, with gilt stamped title and author to front board and bright gilt title author and title to spine. Cowlishaw (1870-1957) was a versatile figure who trained as an architect but also did calligraphy, plasterwork, and pottery. According to Haslam's Arts & Crafts Book Covers, this is one of only three stamped book covers designed by Cowlishaw. The covers are generally quite bright and clean, although there is some browning to the spine and minor rubbing to cloth along head of spine as well as some smudging to the rear board and minor wear to the corners. The interior is in beautiful condition. The frontispiece and many of the 40+ black or sepia and white illustrations are protected with labeled tissue guards. Bookplate of noted oilman and collector Frank Hadley affixed to front pastedown. The bookplate appropriately depicts oil wells. An exceptional copy of an interesting association copy. 459 pages including appendices and index. PRERAPH/101110. [Attributes: Signed Copy; Hard Cover]
      [Bookseller: The Kelmscott Bookshop, ABAA]
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