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Antique 1905FE H/B Book titled Beautiful Women in History & Art by Mrs S Erskine See original listing
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Generally good generally sound condition for age with poorly repaired loose spine cover. The Covers

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broadwell, coleford, Gloucestershire, United Kingdom


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Seller notes: Generally good generally sound condition for age with poorly repaired loose spine cover. The Covers have corner bumps/marks and some parting at the top and bottom of spine where it is still attached. There is fairly significant age discolouration/foxing on leading/end pages with less so on inner pages and hand engraved plates which are easily readable/viewable. There is normal browning uneveness of hand cut page ends (see pic 8). There are centre hand cut page bits which probably relate to the removal of blank pages in the making process(see pic 9). The book is complete with the 283 pages. The signature/reference is clear. Described as best I can as I am no expert on rare books.


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Antique 1905 Hardback Book titled Beautiful Women in History/Art by Mrs Steuart Erskine, Published by Chiswick Press London. Plate engravings by Hallet Hyatt The Rembrant Studio, London. The book covers periods relating to The Court of Henry VIII, Mary Stuart and The Stuarts, Cavalier & Jacobites, Frenchwomen, Empire, Actresses, Artists Ideals and Patches & Powders with a short memoir about each women illustrated (very approx 50). 

The book is signed by Wilfrid Ashley with a reference to the plate of a painting (see pic 3 & 7), Lady Palmerston by Sir Thomas Lawrence. Wilfrid Ashley was a Great Grandson of Lady Palmerston (wife of the Prime Minister), a Conservative MP and Baron Mount Temple and his elder daughter married Lord Louise Mountbatten. The plate of Lady Palmerston has a hand written note on it that says Now at Broadlands which Wilfrid Ashley inherited.

The signature indicates the book was owned by Wilfrid Ashley or at least passed through his hands. As regards provenance and authenticity of signature it has not been presented for confirmation/authentication by me. I have compared the signature and the handwriting (Broadlands) to that on Ebay item 220339244218 A sold Signed Card by Wilfrid Ashley and I would conclude they are the same hand but of course I am not an expert.

The Book is sold as described above/earlier as a possible investment but with no guarantees concerning the ownership. It is an interesting look at famous historical figures which may be of interest to Historians etc.




OVERSEAS. REDUCED RATES. NB THIS IS A HEAVY BOOK (over 2kg) and Postage/shipping costs are high. See postage prices quoted by looking at get rates.

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