Sport in Art [SIGNED with two ORIGINAL LETTERS].
Ballantyne and Co.
Baillie-Grohman, William A.
1/25. Sm. folio. xxiii,422,,pp. Brown suede with gold-stamped illustration of medieval hunting scene, gold lettering on cover and spine. Age wear to binding. Two-inch split along head of spine on front board. Abrasions to parts of leather. Top edge gilt. Fore- and bottom page edges untrimmed. Ex-Libris of Harry Worcester Smith to inside of front board. Decorated endpapers. Sporadic foxing throughout. Tipped-in color frontispiece. Signature of author on verso of half-title. Two original letters pasted-in. 1) Letterhead of “Schloss Matzen Bei Brixlegg (The work was written in this castle).” Tyrol Austria, 25th June 1922. Dear Mr. Worcester Smith, Thank you for all the trouble…(original signature) of authors wife. Letter was written on typewriter with a few misspellings. 2) Handwritten letter of certification by author tipped-in on verso of frontispiece. “Boxley Abbey, Maidstone. Sept. 6, 1917. I certify herewith that No. 10 of the Edition de Luxe of my “Sport in Art' was purchased by Mr. Harry Worcester Smith of Lordvale (?), North Grafton, Mass. N (?). S. A. I am giving this certificate because I was …? to affix my signature on the flyleaf before dispatching it to W. W.S. (signed, W. A. Baillie-Grohman).” Harry Worcester Smith was an industrialist, machinery inventor and sportsman who was also known as the “Master of the Westmeath Foxhounds.” “An Iconography of Sport during four hundred years from the beginning of the fifteenth to the end of the eighteenth centuries.” Illustrated with 243 reproductions of full-page as well as in-text drawings in b/w & few in color and duo-tone. Includes appendix of artists. Binding in fair (with stunning gold illustration), interior in overall very good condition. Rare.
Edition: Edition de Luxe
Book ID: 19221