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The Forsaken Merman [illuminated manuscript]

 
The Forsaken Merman [illuminated manuscript] by ARNOLD, Matthew, 'Dodo' (1897)

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Author: ARNOLD, Matthew, 'Dodo'
Title: The Forsaken Merman [illuminated manuscript]
 
Year: 1897
Publisher: Unpublished
Place: United Kingdom
Dust Jacket: No
Signed: No
 
Price: £350
 
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[pp] 26 Stylish fin de siecle illuminated manuscript with six full page pen and ink illustrations by an artist identified as 'Dodo'. Quarto size manuscript bound in hand-painted vellum over bevel-edged boards by the 'Mayfield Binderies, Heaton Moor' (colophon). Faded art-nouveau style painted figural design to upper cover, calligraphic title page in black and red with a merman at the foot of the page, dated 'Anno Domini 1897'. Six full page pen and ink illustrations, possibly to original designs, depicting cavorting figures in highly stylised waves, a reading woman - 'Margaret...her eyes sealed to the holy book', each contained within a penned frame and the 'dodo' monogram and name bottom right of each image. Text in italic black hand with red initial letters on 'J Whatman' watermarked paper. Cloth reinforcement to the gutter of some pages, otherwise very good condition. Provenance: the Arts and Crafts collection of Kirkton House near Montrose in Scotland
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