Welcome to Shelf Candy Saturday!!
This weekly feature
showcases beautiful book covers,
and provides information,
if available, on their very talented creators!
For more information
about Shelf Candy Saturday,
just click HERE.
This is my choice for this week!
Hardcover, 476 pages (?)
George Allen, Peacock Edition
First Edition, 1894
(Photo courtesy Ebay seller carolan5548.)
Why do I love this cover?
I found this rare treasure on Ebay, but unfortunately, I am unable to buy it, since the price is $995.00!! The seller is Monte Cristo Rare Books, and this particular book is listed HERE. There's another listing for the same book, which can be found HERE. Alas, this one is no more affordable than the first....it's an auction listing, and the starting bid was at $327.00!! It has since gone up to $328.48.... (When visiting the links at the word "HERE", please bear in mind that they're temporary -- when the listing period ends, or someone buys the item, the listing is taken down. The Monte Cristo link does remain, since it's for the store itself.)
That cover is something unique, totally precious! It appears to be hand-tooled leather, although neither of the two listings above mentions that. The design, by Hugh Thomson (see links below), shows the obvious influence of the Art Nouveau style, which happens to be one of my favorite ones! The design is just luscious. I love the swirling peacock feathers, the bird itself, perched on a vase in the lower left-hand side, the beautiful, graceful lettering.... If only I had the money....
Here's a full view of the cover:
The title page does show some foxing,
but is still exquisite!
These pages are tanned due to
the book's age, but again,
the illustrations are incredible!
(All photos except the first, courtesy
Ebay seller Monte Cristo Rare Books;
Thanks to both sellers!)
The highly talented artist who created all this beauty was the Irish book illustrator Hugh Thomson, who was born at Coleraine, near Londonderry. His pen-and-ink illustrations for classics by authors such as Jane Austen, Charles Dickens, and J.M. Barrie are what he's most famous for.
June 1, 1860 - May 7, 1920
Hugh Thomson Online
(This site provides more information
about the Peacock Edition.)
(Click on the thumbnails to see
the larger images.)
What do you think of my choice
for this week?
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