From the library of socialite Audrey Pleydell-Bouverie. This book weighs 0.75 KG when packed. Probably Walter Pater's best known work. His celebrated reverie on the'Mona Lisa' is found in his Leonardo essay and his essay on Botticelli was the first time an essay on him was printed in the English language. This is a later printing of the'Library Edition' of 1910.From the library of Audrey Pleydell-Bouverie (Audrey Evelyn James Coats, and Audrey Evelyn James Field) at Julian's Park. With her signature to the recto of front endpaper,'Audrey Coats 1925'. Pleydell-Bouverie was the youngest daughter of an Anglo-American lumber and steel millionaire. Audrey was also alleged to be the illegitimate granddaughter of King Edward VII, although she was also rumoured to be his daugher, or the lover of King Edward VIII. She bought Julians Park in 1940 following her third marriage to the Hon Peter Pleydell-Bouverie.
Audrey was a patron of the arts and it is believed that she bound several books herself, as many books from her library were stamped with her name and she owned a group of bookbinding tools. Her circle of friends included Winston Churchill, Coco Chanel and Nancy Mitford. She was featured in Cecil Beaton's'Book of Beauty' and was regarded as one of the Bright Young Things. In a half calf binding, with cloth covered boards.
Light rubbing to the raised bands. Former owner's inscription to the recto of front endpaper. Pages are bright and clean. Fine - Very well preserved copy showing very little wear.Only one or two minor faults, really a very attractive copy. Quite a wide term meaning no major faults but probably several smaller ones. Often expected given the age of the book, but still a respectable copy. Some more serious faults as will. Be described in the condition report under'condition. Good Only - Meaning one or more faults that could really do with repair. As with good only above but with other faults. Leaving a compromised copy even after repair. Really bad and possibly seriously incomplete. We only sell books in this condition where their rarity or value makes them. Major defects will be described.
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