New York: E. P. Dutton, 1885. [302] pages. Illustrated with eight large chromolithographed plates after Clarkson, printed by Armstong & Company Lithography of Boston. 13 x 9 1/2 inches. Gilt and silver on pictorial light green cloth. Item #3686

A handsome, pristine copy. "Although the great age of the gift books was before the Civil War, the genre lived on in the 1870's and 1880's, generally illustrated with chromolithographs on botanical themes combined with poetry. The artist, Lida Clarkson, who also published works on home decoration and art instruction, produced a clutch of similar volumes. The heavy inking and rather oily colors were a delberate effort to imitate the look of oil painting. - Reese. NINETEENTH CENTURY AMERICAN COLOR PLATE BOOKS. #60 (mentioning another of Clarkson's books).

Price: $150.00

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