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Vogeler

Vogeler, Heinrich- Crowning Jugendstil Achievement] Der Kaiser und die Hexe Mit Zeichnungen von Heinrich Vogeler-Worpswede

Hofmannstahl, Hugo von First edition. Original publisher's full stiff vellum binding with gilt lettering on spine, stunning full color endpapers designed by Vogeler in green and red and highlighted in gold. Richly illustrated by Heinrich Vogeler with the celebrated double-spread illustrated title page and frontispiece in Jugendstil/Art Nouveau featuring vivid colors including green, red blue, brown, and highlighted in gold. Illustrated half title and initials. Printed in only 200 numbered copies, of which this is Nr. 145. Printed on handmade, thick paper with watermark of the Insel Verlag. Printed in red and black throughout with elaborate, artistic layout on Alfred Walter Heymelís commission by Otto von Holten. In publisherís vellum, with the inner edges stamped in repeating gilt design. A remarkable copy, one of the nicest we have seen of this incomparable classic, with the stiff vellum boards nearly perfect, with no warping whatsoever. Small wear to edge of front panel, a few brown stains to endpapers. Copious notes in pencil about the edition and old auction records on the verso of the front endpaper. Old presentation inscription on first, blank leave. Inside clean and bright, and overall in fine condition. One of the most beautiful early publications of Insel, with illustrations by Heinrich Vogeler. Vogelerís title page for "Der Kaiser," Hofmannstahlís lyrical one act play, is considered the peak of German Art Nouveau and also one of his masterpieces. In a superb green fine wove cloth clamshell case with quarter contrasting dark green crushed leather spine, gilt ruling and stippling and lettering on spine, and lined in lighter green felt, by Sean E. Richards.
Ruskin

Ruskin, John- Earliest First Edition, Issue, Stunning Original Cloth, Fine] Stones of Venice

Ruskin, John First edition. Three volumes. Quartos. In the original publisher's stunning brown heavily embossed fine grain cloth with bold gilt-blocked cover design revealing in negative space geometric shapes and superb stylized peacocks (on both covers), gilt decorated spine with lettering, original red brown endpapers. A fine set of the rare first edition, comprising the 1851 first issue volume, and the two first issue volumes, published in 1853, thus a complete set of three in the publisher's matched bindings. Unlike a few other sets found in the marketplace, these with concurrent dates on the advertisements in back for all three volumes as follows: Volume One (1851), "A Catalogue of Books," dated February, 1851, 16pp; Volume Two (1853), "A Catalogue of New and Standard Books," dated June, 1853, 16pp; and Volume Three (1853) "A Catalogue of New and Standard Books," dated September, 1853. Ruskin's classic treatise on Venetian Art and Architecture, describing over eighty churches in the Byzantine, Gothic and Renaissance periods. A monumental achievement, with 53 engraved, lithograph, and mezzotint tissue-guarded plates (seven hand-colored) and wood engraved illustrations in the text, all after drawings by Ruskin. A fine copy with only slightest wear to otherwise stunning cloth covers, rear free fly lacking in vol 2, vol 1 and 2 near fine internally, vol 3 with occasional foxing to some early pages, but unobtrusive. Together a fine set, unparalleled in quality and certainly the finest copy to appear on the market in this first edition, with the earliest impressions of plates (viz dates on advertisements). With the book labels of Philip Sheppard (Hampton Manor House) in each volume, and vol 1, signed by Sheppard.
Field

Field, Eugene- Original Manuscript, First Holograph Draft of Poem, Monastery Hill Bindery] First Manuscript of Poem, Lullaby

Field, Eugene Holograph poem manuscript by Eugene Field of "Japanese Lullaby" (25 lines), with corrections and deletions, on two pages. (35.5 x 29.5 cm.) Wonderfully bound (circa 1910) in full blue crushed morocco by the famed Monastery Hill Bindery, featuring superb gilt rulings and clusters of floral bouquets and inlaid red petals at all four corners, on both covers, wide gilt dentelles and gorgeous silk moirÈ blue doublures. In a royal blue two-part morocco slipcase, with gilt spine. This is the original holograph of the popular poem by Eugene Field ("The Children's Poet, 1850-1895), written by him in pencil (ca. 1889) on lined paper, with underlines and corrections. 95% of the poem is as it appears in the published version (see below), but fascinating additions and deletions reveal the thought process of the poet. On the verso is a handwritten note by the author's wife: "This is the original draft of The Japanese Lullaby written by my husband - Eugene Field." Julia S. Field (Mrs. Eugene Field) Jan 8th 1920. " Above this, is a wonderfully wry limerick written, as well in pencil, as follows: "A handsome and lively, tho' nice body/ Is the son of my friend, Mrs. Peabody/ And it gives her great joy/ That her son is a boy,/ And not an absurd little She-body." The poem was originally published in "A Little Book of Western Verse," NY, Charles Scribner's Sons, 1890. With interesting additions bound-in: 1. A portrait etching of the poet by W. H. W. Bicknell on handmade China paper. 2. The printed version of the poem (page 114 f., From Field's "Little Book of Western Verses"). 3. The musical setting of the poem, by Jean B. Stimpson, being the print of the version for piano (Boston, Thompson, 1906, 5 p.,) with original pictorial printed cover. An especially beautiful and expertly bound ensemble of the original manuscript, the setting of one of the most famous poems of the American poet. Fine.
Hopkins

Hopkins, Gerard Manley- ORIGINAL ILLUMINATED MANUSCRIPT OF POEM- FAMILY HEIRLOOM] Original Fully Illuminated Manuscript on Vellum of Hopkins’ Poem, “The Starlight Night,” 1914 with Note Given as Family Heirloom

Hopkins, Gerard Manley Vellum sheet, measuring 11 1/4 x 15 1/2 inches. Image size: 9 3/4 x 13 1/2 inches. 1914. A magnificently full color illuminated manuscript, by Erina Kenna (signed and dated in gold, at bottom: "Erina Kenna, Christmas, 1914," purportedly (per note on back) handed down through the Hopkins family, of his famous poem, "The Starlight Night," with minor revisions, and a possible early rendering of the poem. Framed later (on Vashon Island, see below), on a vellum sheet, with highly detailed and flourished large illuminated initial, and wide border designs and illustrative design including a winding grape vine, blossoms and circular gold dots and stipples, and four central "starry night" illustrations in wide burnished gold geometric frames, highly ornate and of a high degree of technical and aesthetic finish, by Erina Kenna. Lettering in black and red, by Kenna. On the back of the brown paper covering the frame is the following typewritten note: "This was a Christmas present in 1914 to G.M.H's mother from her surviving children. On the death of her youngest daughter, Grace, her son Lionel, then the only survivor of the family, presented it to his cousin, Anne Maurice Hopkins, who later passed it on for safe custody to her brother Edward Manley Hopkins. The text, though doubtless supplied by Robert Bridges, differs very considerably from that which he published four years later." This note was probably appended by a later ancestor, and is incorrect, in that it could not have been given to Hopkins' mother (Kate Smith Hopkins,1821-1900), as she had been deceased by that time (i.e. 1914). However, it is sure that the manuscript passed down along family lines, as we obtained from a dealer on Vashon Island who found it in a thrift store. It is well-documented, that an ancestor of Gerard Manley Hopkins, namely John Manley Hopkins (1935-2017), lived for many years, and was active participant in the small Island's social fabric for many years, and on up until his death three years ago. That the present poem constitutes and early draft of the "Starlight Night," which was published four years AFTER this manuscript was made, is of little doubt. Robert Bridges assembled the first book of poems by Gerard Manley Hopkins in 1918, and we can find no earlier reference to "The Starlight Night," as per a letter or manuscript (other than this illumination) that depicts a different version. Written in 1877, "The Starlight Night" was one of Hopkins' most popular sonnets. In 1918, Poet Laureate Robert Bridges published the first edition of the poems of Gerard Manley Hopkins, twenty years after Hopkins's death in 1889. The poem, as written out in this illuminated manuscript, differs in four major ways, shown below, as well as a few grammatical changes of minor import: 1918: The bright boroughs, the circle-citadels there! Our 1914 manuscript: The quivering citadels 1918: Down in dim woods the diamond delves! the elves'-eyes! Our 1914 manuscript: The dim woods quick with diamond wells; the elf eyes! 1918: The grey lawns cold where gold, where quickgold lies! Our 1914 manuscript: The grey lawns cold where quaking gold-dew lies 1918: The shocks. This piece-bright paling shuts the spouse The shocks. This piece-bright paling hides the Spouse 1918: Christ home, Christ and his mother and all his hallows. Our 1914 manuscript: Chist, and the mother of Christ and all his hallows. .In near fine condition, with usual and expected unobtrusive bubbling to vellum. A rare, beautiful, and historically significant illuminated manuscript, family heirloom, and early (and unique!) version of one of Gerard Manley Hopkins most beloved poems.