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Life Of James McNeill Whistler 1908 1st ed. Illustrated
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The Life of James McNeill Whistler

By E.R. and J. Pennell

Volume One


Publisher: William Heinemann, 1908, first edition, volume one only (of two).  Quarter yellow cloth with paper-covered boards, gilt titles on top board, and titles in brown on spine, fore and lower edges uncut.  This volume takes us from Whistler’s birth in 1834 up to 1884.  The book is illustrated with 72 plates, several with multiple images, and five illustrations in the text.  Most of the plates are images of Whistler’s work, some reproduced in photogravure, but there are some portraits of his family and photos of family homes.  There are reproductions of some very early drawings, including the title page of a school-book of geometry and trigonometry, which he embellished with sketches.

The book is in very good condition, with some edge-wear to the boards and bumping to the corners.  Internally there is a very occasional light spot, but the book is mainly bright and clean and tight in its binding.  There is a curious pale yellow design stamped on the front pastedown endpaper, possibly an ownership stamp.

The book is a heavy quarto, 26 cm tall, 316 pages. This is a lovely copy, in very good condition.  It is octavo sized, 22cm tall, bound in olive green cloth with gilt titles on the spine and top board.  The cloth has a little mottling, there is one pencilled owner name on the ffep, and a very few occurrences of isolated light foxing spots.  The book is otherwise clean and bright, and tightly bound.  495 pages, plus a four-page publisher’s catalogue.

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