Selections from the Poetry of Robert Herrick.

London: Sampson, Low, Marston, Searle & Rivington, [1882].

Price: $2,500.00

About the item

Abbey, Edwin A. With drawings by Edwin A. Abbey. 1 vols. 4to. Specially bound by Abbey in vellum with hand lettering in red and black, and with a small initialed portrait drawing of Laura Epps (Alma-Tadema) to whom the work is inscribed. Toned, rubbed, and with joints splitting; all edges trimmed and gilt, joint split between half-title and blank. Laid into a half green morocco slipcase and chemise.

Item #267200

In a unique binding and inscribed and signed by Abbey, "For Mrs. Alma Tadema - with the sincere regards of Edwin A. Abbey, March 1889."
The sweet little bust portrait of her on the cover shows her in a flowered hat and double strand of pearls and measures 2 1/4 square inches, slightly smudged in a few areas of border.
Laura Epps, second and much beloved wife of the Victorian painter, Lawrence Alma-Tadema, was a fine painter in her own right and was often used as a model for her husband's work, The Women of Amphissa (1887) among them. The couple were close with Abbey, one of the key figures of the "golden age" of American illustration, and he inscribed this to her the year after publication.