The Book of Bridges
The Book of Bridges

[GLASGOW SCHOOL]. KING, Jessie M. (illustrator). Edme ARCAMBEAU (author). The Book of Bridges.

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[GLASGOW SCHOOL]. KING, Jessie M. (illustrator). Edme ARCAMBEAU (author). The Book of Bridges. London, Gowans and Gray, Ltd. 1911.

4to. Original light green cloth over bevelled boards, spine decorated in gilt in Art Nouveau style, with pictorial plate recessed to upper board, top edges gilt, others uncut; pp. [ix], 12-149; with a total of 18 charming coloured plates by Jessie M. King, protected by captioned guards; an unusually fresh copy with a little uniform fading to cloth, light rubbing and barely noticeable marking to cover plate, one tiny (2mm) hole to cloth at upper joint, a couple of minor dents to lower cover, one or two cover flecks, and mild bruising to spine ends; internally exceptionally clean with none of the usual foxing and only the unavoidable offset browning to free endpapers, all plates fine with one short scuffed tear (30mm) to a protective guard.
First edition, limited to only 1,000 copies, as stated, with the printed note that the volume "will not be reprinted". A personal response by King to the bridges of Paris, giving the background story to each. In 1911 the artist accompanied her husband to live in Paris. He had secured a job as a teacher in a private art school there. This commission from Gowans & Gray was secured before she departed.