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Exceedingly Scarce (see below) A superb original printed proof trial (6 x 4 1/2") by Charles Ricketts for Copeland & Day bookplate, with superb illustrative design of garbed woman bending over to place a flower or pick a flower. .The bookplate is extremely scarce, especially the cream paper variant in black ink. Circa 1894, at the request of F. Holland Day, Ricketts designed this bookplate, though he never designed a book for the firm. Pictured in Kraus Bibliography (Centroid 92). A fascinating further illumination of how this scarce and important trial bookplate came to be, is given by the Ricketts scholar, Paul van Capelleveen: "What was the use of this bookplate? It was not meant for the private libraries of Copeland and Day, nor for books sold by the firm, but apparently in use as 'office copies' that were kept on the shelves of the firm. At least one book bearing this bookplate has been identified: it is a copy of Oscar Wilde's Salome (1894) that was sold at auction in 2009. The bookplate was printed in green, Kraus recorded. However, a few copies have been printed in black. These may have been proof copies. One such copy can be found in the Carl Woodring Collection, Woodson Research Center, Rice University, Houston, Texas. Another copy was recently sold at auction. Both copies, printed in green and in black, are quite rare, and more difficult to find than a copy of The Sphinx. The design is very much in style with The Sphinx drawings and lettering. The 'O' and 'A's in the bookplate have the same sort of curved lines.
-- Paul van Capelleveen, 234. Copeland and Day Bookplate, charlesricketts.blogspot.com.
Price: $1,250.00 Item #3775