Item #1511 A Book of Pictured Carols; Designed by Members of the Birmingham Art School. Birmingham Art School, Arthur J. Gaskin.
A Book of Pictured Carols; Designed by Members of the Birmingham Art School
A Book of Pictured Carols; Designed by Members of the Birmingham Art School
A Book of Pictured Carols; Designed by Members of the Birmingham Art School
A Book of Pictured Carols; Designed by Members of the Birmingham Art School
A Book of Pictured Carols; Designed by Members of the Birmingham Art School
A Book of Pictured Carols; Designed by Members of the Birmingham Art School
A Book of Pictured Carols; Designed by Members of the Birmingham Art School
A Book of Pictured Carols; Designed by Members of the Birmingham Art School
A Book of Pictured Carols; Designed by Members of the Birmingham Art School
A Book of Pictured Carols; Designed by Members of the Birmingham Art School

A Book of Pictured Carols; Designed by Members of the Birmingham Art School

London: George Allen, 1896. Second edition. Small quarto (8 3/4 inches tall), original paper boards over gray cloth spine, both lettered in dark red, top edge gilt, uncut. Bookplate, pencil notes to blank rear endpaper, very small chip to front paper board, slight toning to spine, faint wear to edges, corners, and spine ends. A near-fine copy. Item #1511

"AND ALL THE BELLS ON EARTH SHALL RING / ON CHRISTMAS DAY IN THE MORNING"

Second edition of these classic Christmas Carols—with 12 stunning illustrations by students of the Birmingham Art School—in "remembrance of the greatest of earthly events, 'God made manifest in the flesh.'" Printed by The Chiswick Press with a title page printed in red-and-black, a second illustrated title page, 10 illustrated carols, and a concluding tailpiece. A scarce book in beautiful condition.

A center of the English Arts & Crafts Movement, the Birmingham Art School was firmly associated with the Pre-Raphaelite-style. With contributions, under the direction of Arthur J. Gaskin, the following student artists: Charles M. Gere, Georgie E. Cave (later Georgie Gaskin), Mildred Peacock, Arthur J. Gaskin, Henry Payne, Bernard Sleigh, Mary J. Newill, Violet M. Holden, Florence Rudland, Sidney Meteyard, Agnes P. Manley, and Fred Mason. First published in 1893 in a limited edition of only 100 copies and an "ordinary" issue. A short original Introduction, presumably by Arthur Gaskin, describes the medieval origins of carols and their widespread appeal: "Carol singing seems to have always been very popular in England, particularly in the West, where carols were sung in place of Psalms on Christmas Day, and where formerly it was customary for the Parish Clerk, at the end of the service, to wish the congregation in a loud voice, 'A Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.'" This copy has a printed slip tipped-in at the title page identifying it as "Imported by Browne's Bookstore Chicago." Also tipped-in at the front is a Browne's Bookstore bookmark depicting the shop's design. Browne's Bookstore opened in 1908 with fixtures designed by Frank Lloyd Wright.

Price: $200.00