Saturday, July 04, 2009

Mystery Frontispiece

Have been away too long again. Largely we can put this down to the suffering of enormous amounts of dental pain and having to wait for the antibiotics to kick in before being able to concentrate on anything at all. But they now have. It's been a busy last few days of buying: an original painting by Barry Leighton-Jones, a selection of Enid Blyton's Famous Five books in reasonable dust jackets, the entire stock of Rosicrucian and Masonic books and pamphlets from a local bookshop, old books on Sussex and Astronomy and an archive of material (photos, postcards, clippings, booklets...) all relating to the life of one of the great Anglo-Catholic priests of the last century... so now all I have to do is sell it all!

Anyway, to kick start the blog I was wondering if anyone might be able to help with this. In a box of 'stuff' from an auction yesterday was this little print in a frame. It's clearly titled, 'frontispiece' and from the paper and style I would imagine it is from a book published around, roughly speaking, 1850, possibly earlier. I am going to keep it because R has something of a thing for images of cadaeuseuseseusueus-es or however you spell that thing that Mercury/Hermes is holding... Anyhoo, if anyone visiting here should be knowledgable to hazard a guess about what book this might have come from I'd be glad to hear all suggestions.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Curious box in the foreground - some kind of game? There's a statue somewhere of "Mercury and Cupid playing dice," but I can't find the derivation of the subject.

Saw your Cornish watercolour on ebay. I think you'll find the artist here :

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