First edition, first printing. Inscribed by the artist to C. M. Pearson. Publisher's original full burgundy leather with illustrated onlay panel decorated in gilt to the upper board and titles in gilt to the spine. Top edge gilt, the others untrimmed. Red and gilt decorated endpapers. Text and illustrations printed on laid paper. Illustrated with a tissue-guarded frontispiece engraving and 20 further engraved diagrammatic illustrations by Phoebe Anna Traquair. WITH a manuscript single-sided letter in ink on headed notepaper from the artist to Dr. Pearson. A near fine copy, the binding square and tight with bumping to the corners and typical rubbing to the boards and extremities. The contents are clean and bright throughout, the engravings remain fresh. The letter with a faint horizontal fold is otherwise in fine condition. An excellent copy.
Inscribed by the artist in ink to the head of the contents page: "To C.M. Pearson, a souvenir of great kindness / from a grateful friend. / 1931". A beautifully produced study of Dante's Divine Comedy, superbly illustrated with delicately executed diagrammatic engravings, illuminating the complex narrative through Dante's Inferno, Purgatorio, and Paradiso. The artist, Phoebe Anna Traquair (1852-1936) was a major figure in the Arts and Crafts movement in Scotland and one of the most important female figures in the early history of modern Scottish art, becoming the first woman elected to the Royal Scottish Academy in 1920. Like many artists of the period, Traquair worked across many fields as an illustrator, painter and embroiderer, her works including large-scale murals, enamel jewellery and book illuminations. The present volume, which forms a wonderful example of her skill as both a book illustrator and miniaturist, is a particularly appealing copy, having been gifted by the artist herself. In the accompanying letter, which presents the book to Pearson, Traquair writes: "Dear Dr. Pearson, / I have found an untouched copy / of the Dante Illustrations in which / I have written your name. This / is better than the one I gave you. / You mentioned that one of your / daughters liked these things, I / wonder if I could show her anything / would interest her. / Yours very sincerely, / Phoebe A Traquair". A scarce work inscribed.
Stock code: 19447