Archive of Unpublished Manuscript Stories and Essays by James Laver

manuscript; archive; collection]; Laver, James

Published by mid-20th century, likely, England
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Title: Archive of Unpublished Manuscript Stories ...

Publisher: mid-20th century, likely, England

Binding: Soft cover


A collection of works by James Laver, CBE FRSA (18991975) an English author, art historian, and museum curator. About 100 loose leaves (205 x 325 mm), handwritten ink, usually on the the recto only; most of them paper-clipped into distinct compositions (though a few stragglers will require careful reading to see where they belong). In excellent condition, some light wrinkling and dust-soiling along the edges. Laver's penmanship is a bit sloppy, but consistent -- once you learn its idiosyncrasies, its perfectly legible. The works include: "Waiter," "The Revival of Art Nouveau," "The Evolution of the Nocturne," "The Ommeganck of 1615" (an essay on Denis von Alsloot, c.1570-c.1626, Flemish Baroque Painter), 5 leaves of bibliography, and the longest piece, perhaps a work-in-progress or broad outline for comprehensive study, "Religious Dress and Vestments." Laver acted as Keeper of Prints, Drawings and Paintings for the Victoria and Albert Museum between 1938 and 1959. He was also an important and pioneering fashion historian described as "the man in England who made the study of costume respectable". To supplement his pay whilst at the Victoria & Albert Museum, Laver dedicated his free time to writing magazine articles, book reviews, play translations, dramatic criticism and light verse. It was typical of Laver that he might decide to take an interest in random subjects. During the Second World War, he determined to read all the books on occultism in the London Library. As a result, he became an expert in the field, writing a book on the prophet Nostradamus. A rich collection, worthy of further study. Bookseller Inventory # D7516

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