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.
The chromolithographic scene in the puzzle and on the box lid is of a bucolic summer picnic of children in the country. Box is 14.5 by 10 by 1.75 inches, and the puzzle proper is 24 by 12 inches. The puzzle is complete and clean. The box image has light soiling throughout and minor blisering by the lettering below. The sides of the box have some small losses and chips to the striped paper, with wood exposed in a few spots. The soiling on the paper strips is heavier here than above. Interior of the box has had a lip installed around the perimeter in order to keep the lid in place.