Kensington, Picturesque & Historical. With upwards of three hundred illustrations (some in colours) by William Luker, Jun.
by [Fore-edge Painting] LOFTIE, W. J.
London:: Field and Tuer, 1888., 1888. 4to. xix, , 287, , lxiv, ,  pp. Nearly 300 illustrations, extensive subscriber's list; lightly foxed. Original full brown gilt-stamped morocco, raised bands, with the Royal crown on both covers, all edges gilt. Armorial bookplate of Lank. Fine copy. This is probably the earliest limited edition book issued with a fore-edge painting. Essentially these are two watercolor vignettes applied to the fanned edge of this book, both signed by the artist. Thus one could call it a side-by-side painting, though it is vertical. Note: Featured among the subscriber's list is the Queen. Lank, the previous owner of this copy, is not one of the original subscribers. Of course the book features a chapter on Kensington Palace, the royal residence. With the colophon leaf inscribed "Proof No. 11 (one of fifty.) Field Tuer. There are two vignette fore-edge paintings applied to the fore-edge, each signed. William Luker (1867-1951), is only known to have done a fore-edge painting for this series of books. There is no record of him painting on other books. Copies of this edition, being one of 50 with a fore-edge painting, are recorded in Jeff Weber's book (pp. 193-4). The Buffalo & Erie County Public Library is one of the lucky owners. See: Weber, Annotated Dictionary of Fore-edge Painting Artists & Binders, pp. 227-8.
(Inventory #: FF2425)
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