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Details about  Averil Burleigh FAIRY POEMS Art Nouveau DECO 1st 1927 fairies MERMAIDS fauns ELF

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Apr 13, 2014 15:33:08 PDT
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1st Edition

Fiction Type:






Leolyn Louise Everett

Illustrated by
Averil Burleigh

First US edition,
from the British sheets

* One of only two copies currently available worldwide *

Published by
Brentano’s Publishers, New York


Hardback, publisher’s cream quarter-cloth with green lettering to spine, batik paper-covered boards with aqua-coloured zig-zag pattern, top edges coloured, other edges unut, 61 line drawings, cancel title page, xi, 144 pages. Approximate size 7.6 x 5.1 inches (19.2 x 13 cm). Printed in Great Britain by Richard Clay & Sons Ltd, Bungay, Suffolk.

First American edition, 1927 (undated).
Date according to UK edition, published by John Lane
(as per British Library catalogue).

Averil Burleigh (1883-1949) is one of the least-known figures of the Golden Age of book illustration, the 24 colour plates in her Poems of John Keats (1911) representing her finest works as an illustrator. Her only other published books appear to be several novelisations of Shakespeare, together with this somewhat later collection of fairy and fantasy poems.

features 61 detailed, delicate drawings, one for every poem in the book. The drawings vary in size, but, whether large or small, are always elegantly presented by themselves on the page, facing the poem they illustrate. They depict all manner of fairy folk – mostly fairies, mermaids, sprites, nymphs and elves, but also fauns, a satyr, a witch and a gnome
in a style occasionally a little reminiscent of Horace Knowles in his Peeps into Fairyland (1924).

The poems themselves are somewhat whimsical, and very much of the period – the whole production typical of the Fairy School of writing and illustration.

A particularly uncommon title; I can locate only one other copy currently for sale online (in poor condition).

From Liss Fine Arts:
“Averil Burleigh: Painter and jewellery designer; lived in Hove, Sussex and studied at Brighton School of Art. Her husband was the painter C.H.H. Burleigh, her daughter the artist Veronica Burleigh. She exhibited widely – at the RA, RSA, NEAC, RI, SWA, Sussex Women's Art Club and RCamA – and was elected an associate of the RWS shortly before she died. She was also a Member of the Society of Mural Decorators and Painters in Tempera. Her most characteristic works are brightly painted in tempera, with a strong sense of design. Her subject matter was usually based on classical or medieval subjects, and pretty maidens (often modelled on her daughter Veronica) set in Renaissance landscapes. Her watercolours (and pure landscapes in oil) were handled more loosely but still underpinned by a strong linearity. Brighton Art Gallery held a memorial show in the year of her death.”

Book complete and intact. Contents very clean. Foxing throughout (mostly light; heaviest at front of book and along stitches), one minor crack between gatherings, a few pairs of leaves clumsily opened (with slightly ragged edges), uncut (protruding) edges and corners with softening, plus usual bumping and wear. Front endpapers with previous owner’s name (Edna Mac M. Robinson). Top of page block with a few small stains plus slight fading to colour alongside spine; foot with slight shelf-soiling. Binding slightly loose. Boards and spine as shown; paper worn through to corners and lower edges.

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Binding photographed (above) and scanned (below).
Boards are covered in batik paper.

Below: front and rear endpapers.


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