The Book of Bridges by Edme Arcambeau

Bridges of Paris by Edme Arcambeau

KING, Jessie M.

KING, Jessie M. The Book of Bridges by Edme Arcambeau Bridges of Paris by Edme Arcambeau

Gowans & Gray, 1911.

First edition, one of 1000 copies. 4to. Green buckram with gilt lettering within decorative borders on the spine. The upper cover has a paste on colour illustration by Jessie M. King. Top edge gilt and others untrimmed. Eighteen colour plates in lovely pastel shades, each depicting a different Parisian bridge over the Seine. The text, states Arcambeau in the preface, aims to take you by the hand and lead you around the writer's beloved city. A very good copy, spine sunned, cover plate scratched, else a bright copy.

In 1910 Jessie M King and her husband, E.A. Taylor, moved to Paris, where they took studios at 16 rue de la Grand Chaumiere. Jessie had a commission from Gowans and Gray to produce 18 watercolour illustrations to accompany this book in which each chapter tells the story of a different Parisian bridge. Given the freedom to choose her own angles Jessie took her little drawing stool and sat by the water's edge, giving her a distinctive view of the bridges from below street level.
"She used a very subdued palette of pale greens and purples, with a little ochre for the stonework ... the illustrations she did have an air of peace and stillness" (Colin White).

PROVENANCE: Bookplate of George Fleming, noted British collector of children's books, to front pastedown.

Stock ID: 40168

£350.00

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