Beautiful Women in History & Art
Beatrice Erskine. London: George Bell & Sons (Hallett Hyatt), 1905.
Tall, thick quarto, mid-20th-century full red morocco, raised bands, elaborately gilt-decorated and inlaid spine, gilt cover borders, inlaid centerpieces, red and green morocco doublure inset with Cosway-style watercolor miniature surrounded by eight small pearls, watered-silk free endpapers, all edges gilt.
Spectacular edition of “these portraits of beautiful women, seen against a background of history,” with 38 rich photogravures of contemporaneous paintings, including portraits of Madame de Pompadour, Marie Antoinette, Lady Hamilton and Joan of Arc. Luxuriously bound by Sangorski & Sutcliffe in the Cosway style, with beautiful inlaid centerpieces and splendid watercolor painting of Joan of Arc set into the doublure. From the famous Doheny library, sold in 1987.