With Yuletide cheer we are featuring a selection of nineteenth and twentieth century illuminated manuscripts. It was during the febrile 1800s that an appreciation of Gothic design and the artistry of the Middle Ages came to full fruition, and both professional artists and gifted amateurs strove to capture the beauty of illumination in books and other artwork. Also, the new form of color printing known as chromolithography was especially well-suited to recreating the richness of the ancient art form.
Our fair schedule resumes in the New Year with the San Francisco Antiquarian Print & Paper Fair on February 1st and 2nd at the Fort Mason Center and the California International Antiquarian Book Fair beginning the following Thursday in Pasadena. More details will follow.
Title The Portraiture of Horses; A Few People, Some Dogs & Other Animals, with Autobiographical Comment and Narrative
Book Condition Very Good
Jacket Condition Torn Jacket Jacket
Edition First Edition
Publisher Shrewsbury, New Jersey Fordacre Studios 1952
Illustrator Morris, George Ford
Seller ID 001179
Book. Oblong13.5 By 10.5 Inches. 280 pp. With inner flaps of dust jacket remaining, and themselves in good condition, but rest of dust jacket gone. George Morris, not to be confused with living top hunter/jumper trainer, was a leading equine and animal artist/illustrator of the mid-20th century, and this book is one of the most pleasurable horse books ever produced. Somehow the book conveys the relaxed, comforting atmosphere of a blue grass horse farm of yesteryear. In other words, the book captures the tug horses and equine sport exert on so many of us yet is not always requited in today's horse world. While there are elements of the book production itself that might seem "cheap", such as the low quality leather of the binding, the book comes together as a class act. The lettering and gilt illustration of horses on the cover is slightly faded. Otherwise, binding is tight and pages are clean, except that only front and rear endpapers there are vestigial tape marks in the corners where a prior owner had probably taped the dust jacket. One prior owner's name inked in on FFEP corner, and another owner lightly stamped name onto FEP. Lower front corner has minor fraying of leatherette. Overall, very good.