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1907 : POEMS OF SPENSER Caxton JESSIE M. KING (8 Plates) Art Nouveau Covers VGC

1907 : POEMS OF SPENSER Caxton JESSIE M. KING (8 Plates) Art Nouveau Covers VGC

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Selected and with an Introduction by W.B. Yeats

Illustrated by Jessie M. King

London: Caxton, undated, circa 1907. Hardback, medium brown cloth with gilt lettering and art nouveau floral decoration in orange on spine and front board, top edge gilt. One of 'The Golden Poets' series, edited by Oliphant Smeaton. B&w frontispiece and decorated title page, 8 plates (b&w with touches of pink and gold) by Jessie M. King (collated).


Introduction; Happy and Unhappy Love; Courtiers and Great Men; Emblems and Qualities; Gardens of Delight; Fauns and Satyres and Shepherds; Notes; Glossary; Index of First Lines.


Very good.Cloth binding is very good. All contents present and pages clean throughout. All illustrations present and in lovely condition. Overall very good.
Edmund Spenser (1552/1553 – 13 January 1599) was an English poet best known for The Faerie Queene, an epic poem and fantastical allegory celebrating the Tudor dynasty and Elizabeth I. He is recognized as one of the premier craftsmen of nascent Modern English verse and is often considered one of the greatest poets in the English language.
Jessie Marion King (20 March 1875 – 3 August 1949) was a Scottish illustrator known for her illustrated children's books. She also designed bookplates, jewellery and fabric, and painted pottery. King was one of the artists known as the Glasgow Girls.

King was made Tutor in Book Decoration and Design at Glasgow School of Art in 1899. She continued to teach until her marriage to E. A. Taylor in 1908, and she chose, against the grain, to keep her maiden name.

King was influenced by the Art Nouveau of the period, and her works correspond in mood with those of The Glasgow Four. Despite the influence of Art Nouveau, she was inspired to create unique designs where she did not literally translate the real world. "I would not copy designs," she said, "but insisted on drawing out of my head." During her early period, she created detailed pen and ink illustrations on vellum.

Most of King's earliest works involved illustration, but she also wrote books and was a skilled jewellery designer. Her first published designs, and some people believe her finest, were for the covers of books published by Globus Verlag, Berlin, between 1899 and 1902. The publisher was a subsidiary company of the great Berlin department store, Wertheim's. The publisher, Georg Wertheim, wanted her to design "a range of items in the 'new Scottish Style.'"In all she illustrated, wrote, decorated or designed the cover of more than 100 books and other publications.
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