New York & Boston: Thomas Y. Crowell, 1897.
First edition. Original boards with bold gilt cover ornament, title page, and opening initial, designed by Bertram Grosvenor Goodhue, printed from designs supplied by D. B. Updike [at] The Merrymount PressÖî Louise Averill Cole's Copy, with her signature on front free fly, and bookplate on pastedown. Cole was arguably one of the top women binders in modern American bookbinding history, and this book a fascinating gift to Averill from her mother, on ffep: "To my dear little daughter away off in Berlin- on her birthday [Cole's 20th], June 30, 1900- from her always loving Mummie." With Coleís decorative bookplate on front pastedown. The book features a full-size watercolor landscape painting on half-title page, by Q.J. Dearborn, and striking hand-colored title page done in blue, red, green, yellow, and gold on a background of silver paint. Opening initial illuminated in yellow, green, red, blue, and gold. Text is heavily annotated throughout by Coleís mother in blue pen, as well as many passages underlined in gold. A few passages annotated by Cole herself in pencil (noted below). Back of colophon page features another watercolor landscape, and the back free endpaper features an image of Coleís mother pasted to it, which has been painted over in watercolor. This book was a gift to Louise Averill Cole from her mother, while she was studying in Berlin in 1900, on her 20th birthday. Cole studied for 8 years abroad, completing a three-year course in bookbinding and finishing under Louis Jacobs and Joseph Hendricks in Brussels, in 1906. Afterwards, she worked and taught with Lady Mary Noble in London, whom she had met through Douglas Cockerell. A fascinating snapshot into Cole's views on women, and the author, Anna Robertson Brown, was the first woman to earn a doctorate at the University of Pennsylvania. The text of this volume comes from a paper read to the Philadelphia Branch of Association of Collegiate Alumnae. (As with many of Crowellís publications, What is Worth While? was produced as a gift volume. Slight rubbing to edges and spine tips chipped and worn.
Price: $1,250.00 Item #4711