(FRASER, Claude Lovat, illustrator.) HODGSON, Ralph, & James Stephens.
[Collection of five Flying Fame chapbooks:]
Eve and Other Poems; The Bull; The Mystery and Other Poems; The Song of Honour; Five New Poems.
An attractive collection of Flying Fame chapbooks, illustrated with Claude Lovat Fraser’s delightful designs. All of the pieces here are by Ralph Hodgson, with the exception of Stephens’s “Five New Poems”. The Flying Fame was established in 1913 by Fraser, Hodgson and the bibliophile Holbrook Jackson. Fraser himself “was an authority on the news and ballad sheets, known as broadsides, from the seventeenth to the nineteenth century and in his own work he recognized the importance of visualizing design and type as an inseparable whole” (ODNB).
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5 works bound in 1 volume, octavo (213 x 132 mm). Contemporary dark blue half morocco by Donnelley of Chicago, gilt lettered spine, patterned paper sides (showing centaurs, urns and pan pipes behind reticulated foliage), top edges gilt, blue endpapers. Colour wrapper designs and illustrations by Claude Lovat Fraser. From the library of the Chicago investment banker Alfred E. Hamill (1883-1953) with his attractive “centaur” bookplate (designed by Thomas Maitland Cleland). A handsomely bound copy, the chapbooks in excellent condition, with the original pictorial wrappers bound-in.