Jessie Willcox Smith A Bibliography

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Jessie Willcox Smith: A Bibliography
Jessie Willcox Smith A Bibliography by Edward Nudelman. Gretna, Louisiana: Pelican Publishing House, (1989); pale green cloth boards with green endpapers, coated paper with more than 350 reproductions of her artwork, in a jacket with a painting of child cutting out paperdolls; 8.5x12.25; 184 pp.

A beautiful book with large reproductions of the artwork and generous white space on thick paper. The book begins with a 13 page introduction by the author, an antiquarian bookseller with the largest collection of this artist. Over one hundred and twenty individual book pages of the American, then the English, editions follow in chronological order, each illustrated with the cover of the first edition, interior pages, and most with jackets if applicable. The bibiliographic method is clearly stated and consistently followed and includes collation, size of book and leaf both, paper, each illustration listed, issue points, publication notes from Publisher's Week, price at issuance and cross-referenced illustrations. This is the authoritative bibliographical reference for Jessie Willcox Smith collectors.

Features:

  • Illustrations of Periodicals: a chronological listing and description from 1908 to 1920, with 27 little illustrations of the covers on 3 pages.
  • A section on  calendars
  • A section on posters, with large photos.
  • A chronological listing of advertisements.
  • A list of prints, 1903 - 1925
  • A miscellaneous section: handkerchiefs, the 1940 auction records of the Cozens collection of her paintings, and various booklets, portfolios, and greeting cards.
  • An index of the first appearances of the illustrations.

Shipping Note: this is a large, heavy book. I suggest ordering a paperback of a different size at the same time so that Amazon will ship them in a box (loosely packed) rather than in a wrap-around mailer. With a box, the corners and jacket may survive. Amazon works well for utilitarian books, but if you are looking for collectible condition, it is probably best to do the research and buy from an independent dealer. You get what you pay for.