1914 Rare First Edition - A BOOK OF OLD SUNDIALS & THEIR MOTTOES, binding design by Jessie M. King.
Author: (KING, Jessie M., binding design); illustrated by RAWLINGS, Alfred; and HOGG, Warrington; text by CROSS, Launcelot.
Title: A BOOK OF OLD SUNDIALS & THEIR MOTTOES. With Eight Illustrations in Colour by Alfred Rawlings and Thirty-six Drawings of some Famous Sundials by Warrington Hogg.
Publisher: London, Edinburgh & Boston, T.N. Foulis Publishers, 1914. First edition (stated).
Language: Text in English.
Size: 7.5 " X 5.5 ".
Pages: 102 pages.
Binding: Attractive and very good original decorated full cloth binding (hinges fine, overall slightly worn and scuffed) in a rare good dust jacket (small tears and chips - as shown) under a protective removable mylar cover.
Content: Very good content (bright, tight and clean - as shown).
Illustrations: Beautifully illustrated with Eight Illustrations in Colour by Alfred Rawlings and Thirty-six Drawings of some Famous Sundials by Warrington Hogg. (Complete)
The book: Very nice First edition of this beautiful book of OLD SUNDIALS & THEIR MOTTOES.
The illustrator: Alfred Rawlings was born in Hackney, London in 1855. An advert in The Berkshire Art Society catalog describes him as a 'Dealer in Artists' Materials', frame maker, and print seller. Interestingly, most of his works were available at RGA exhibitions with or without a frame. Moving from Guildford to Reading with his family in 1894 and later retiring from his shop at 'The Arcade' (corner of Friar Street, Reading) in 1914, the premises were also used for exhibitions. Know as a painter and illustrator (most notable being watercolors for Miss Mary Russell Mitford's book 'Our Village') he was also an art master at Leighton Park School. He was one of the founder members of the Reading Guild of Artists, having previously founded the Berkshire Art Society.
Rawlings was a prolific painter, mainly working in watercolor, some oil, and also printing such as lithography, a type of print-making technique where the artist can use a painterly or in this case drawing style to create an image where the printing process uses the properties of oil and water not mixing.
Upon his death in February 1939 (his year of death is often incorrectly stated as 1929 in many sources) an obituary describes the artist as a winter bather who 'regularly used the open-air baths in King's Meadows until quite advanced years'. He was a known pacifist and supporter of conscientious objectors held at the Reading Gaol during the Great War. A member of the Society of Friends, he was buried at the Quaker burial ground Reading.
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