Poems of Spenser Illustrated by Jessie M. King The Caxton Publishing Company Ltd, London, undated, c1907. First Edition The Golden Poets Series Edition. Brown boards decorated with orange Art Nouveau design and gilt lettering to front board and spine.
Tissue-guarded black and white portrait to frontis and title vignette, by A S Hartrick. With 8 lovely plates heightened with touches of gilt and colour by Jessie M. CONDITION A very good first edition. The cloth binding is in very good clean condition.All contents present including all 8 plates by Jessie M King. Little browning to blank endpapers. Jessie Marion King (20 March 1875 3 August 1949) was a Scottish illustrator known for her illustrated children's books. She also designed jewellery and fabric, and painted pottery. King was one of the artists known as the Glasgow Girls King was made Tutor in Book Decoration and Design at Glasgow School of Art in 1899.
She continued to teach until her marriage to E. Taylor in 1908, and she chose, against the grain, to keep her maiden name. In Scotland it is legal and not unusual for a woman to retain her maiden name after marriage.
In point of fact if a woman's family were more'influential' than the groom then he sometimes took his bride's family name. King was influenced by the Art Nouveau of the period, and her works correspond in mood with those of The Glasgow Four.
Despite the influence of Art Nouveau, she was inspired to create unique designs where she did not literally translate the real world. "I would not copy designs, " she said, but insisted on drawing out of my head. During her early period, she created detailed pen and ink illustrations on vellum. Most of King's earliest works involved illustration, she also wrote books and was a skilled jewelry designer. Her first published designs, and some people believe her finest, were for the covers of books published by Globus Verlag, Berlin between 1899 and 1902.The publisher was a subsidiary company of the great Berlin department store, Wertheim's. The publisher, Georg Wertheim, wanted her to design a range of items in the'new Scottish Style. The item "1907 Poems of Spenser Illustrated by Jessie M King W B Yeats Art Nouveau" is in sale since Monday, November 4, 2019.
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