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Crests and Monograms.

Lumsden, Edith Shaw

Published by Belhelvie Lodge, Aberdeenshire, Scotland
Condition: Very Good Hardcover
From White Fox Rare Books, ABAA/ILAB (West Windsor, VT, U.S.A.)

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4to. 29 by 23 cm. 19 pp. with watercolors mixed with monograms, followed by one incompletely done page and blanks. While no one would mistake Lumsden for a professional artist, the watercolors are uniformly pleasant, and a few of the paintings stand out as meriting separate mention, among them, the title page on which a man is pasting a "sign" with information about the album (the artist/collector, etc.) onto a stone wall. Other images include a diaper of serpents, a woman carrying a sandwich board sign, an archery target, a fireplace, a heavily draped window, an artist's palette, butterflies, flags, an arrangement of ornamental garments, an elaborate medal. Other than the title page, all the watercolors have monograms worked into the design, sometimes quite cleverly. Some of the imagery is comparatively standard for this sort of album, while other pictures are more original. Curiously, among the most striking collages are the ones without elaborate figurative imagery but rather the patterned diapers, especially the interlocked snakes, which is something we have never seen done quite like here. The collection of monograms and crests was a popular pastime in the nineteenth century when the use of monograms was also prevalent among the upper classes, and the collectors of these tended to be the offspring of the well-to-do with the leisure time to indulge in such a hobby. Most monogram albums are appealing yet limited in their artistry, with the compiler simply pasting the monograms into printed slots, without any extra illustration by that compiler. Far scarcer are the albums such as this one in which the compiler used the monograms as a springboard or excuse for greater flights of creativity. In this album, the surnames of the possessor of some of the monograms are pencilled into the margins. The leaves are of a fairly heavy thickness, not quite a card stock. Rebacked handsomely in brown morocco. Bookseller Inventory # 004392

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Title: Crests and Monograms.

Publisher: Belhelvie Lodge, Aberdeenshire, Scotland

Binding: Half Morocco, Cloth Boards

Book Condition:Very Good

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