New York: Charles Scribner's Sons, 1921. Limited First edition. Hardcover. This is one of fifty copies for which Mrs. Abbey has supplied an original drawing, bound in as a frontispiece in volume I. xiii, 267 (1)pp., ix, 269–518 (1)pp., 200 plates with printed tissue guards. Original tan half cloth over blue boards with black lettering on tan labels of spines. 2nd frontispiece portrait.
Monumental biography of the American muralist, illustrator and painter Edwin Austin Abbey, known for his Shakespearian and Victorian subjects, by the English biographer, playwright, poet, novelist and publisher E.V. Lucas. Extensively illustrated with 200 striking sepia toned engravings with printed tissue guards of Abbey's work and reproductions from daguerreotypes with additional in-text drawings. Abbey was a full member of the Royal Academy, London, and elected to the National Academy of Design, New York, as well the The American Academy of Arts and Letters, New York.
Binding of volume I. with some wear along edges and spine, rubbed and quarter inch chips across head and tail of spine with chips at printed label on spine, tiny loss of the "k" of work and lightly sunned. Some pages uncut at foredge and a few unopened at front. Volume II. with boards lightly sunned at foredge, some scratches on boards, quarter inch chips across head and tail of spine and small chips at printed label w/o loss of print. Four inch closed tear at top of front joint and small cracks at tail with a couple of small chips at about middle of spine. Block with some pages uncut and unopened. Both blocks are slightly age toned not affecting images. Pages 517 and 518 , imprint page and two free back endpapers with closed tear of one and a half, respectively three inch tears at top. Binding in overall good-, interior in good+ to very good condition. g- to vg. Item #42869