Monday, January 16, 2012

Beautiful Art Deco Sketchbook

Little sketch books and autograph books from the end of the nineteenth and beginning of the twentieth century are very common. Sometimes they have interesting things in them, just occasionally there are two or three good pages in each one. Which is why I was so excited by this little find. A small sketchbook bound in grey moleskin with silver flecks and with protective steel (or possibly silver) corner pieces and inside? page after page of really great, brightly coloured, art deco style artworks. Many of them are accompanied by little slips of paper tipped into the page with a nonsense poem typewritten on it. This is just a small selection from the thirty images in the book. It's clear that the project was to create a hand illustrated book of nonsense verse and that it was never quite completed... nonetheless, its a real cut above the norm for this kind of thing...

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