WAIN, Louis; Joseph Pennell; Selwyn Image.

A Book of Drawings.

With a prefatory poem by Austin Dobson.

London: Privately Printed for Mr & Mrs Frederick Trehawke Davies, 1891 Stock Code: 104518
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A unique and copiously signed collection of illustrations

A unique and copiously signed copy of this collection of illustrations published by Eleanor and Frederick Trehawke Davies to raise money for "the poor of St Pancras", bound together with a 28-page bookseller's catalogue entitled "Works of Art and Antiques" the cover of which was designed by Selwyn Image, and several pages of ephemera and correspondence relating to their other charitable ventures. Of the 17 plates that make up A Book of Drawings, nine are signed by the artists in pencil, including those of Joseph Pennell, Selwyn Image, and Louis Wain. Wain's featured drawing "A Night in Town" is often cited as his first published "multi-cat caricature".

Frederick Trehawke Davies, a solicitor's clerk and an alderman for the Marylebone Council, and his wife Eleanor, a milliner, were active philanthropists in the St Pancras area and organised many local charitable events. Pasted into the book are various manuscript and printed materials relating to the 1897 Solicitors' Managing Clerks Association Second Smoking Charity Concert, which they organised. It includes two autograph letters signed from Austin Dobson, one providing the introductory poem for A Book of Drawings, the second declining his invitation to the concert ("I am sorry I cannot accept your invitation for this concert, these 'violent delights' have too oftenfor methe 'violent end' of a headache"); the guest list; a silk print by produced by Selwyn Image for the programme design with an autograph letter discussing a visit to his studio; the programme, which was printed at the Women's Printing Society; a number of newspaper reports of the event, accompanied by the signatures of four attendees, all judges; and an autograph letter from Sir Francis Jeune.

The Trehawke Davies's daughter, Eleanor ("Queenie"), who became the first woman to fly across the English Channel, performed during the concert and was commended in an included review for her well-regarded recitation of Dobson's poetry at the event.

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Folio (254 x 190 mm). Bound for the publishers by Morrell in brown crushed morocco, titles to front cover and spine gilt, with floral decorations, turn-ins and top edge gilt, others untrimmed, blue marbled endpapers.


With 24 full-page illustrations by various artists and 9 pages of additionally pasted-in materials.


Binder's stamp to front pastedown. Joints neatly repaired, occasional mark and minor offsetting to contents; an excellent copy.


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