London: Chatto & Windus, 1924.
First edition. Original maroon cloth, gilt lettering on spine. Violet Oakley's Copy, signed and dated 1924. An interesting personal copy of a book which she must have obtained in contrast to her (Violet's) magnum opus, "The Holy Experiment," which was published two years earlier, in 1922. Smedley's book, however, bears not correlation with Oakley's book, being a tale about a fastidious Englishwoman who follows the husband she is divorcing to the United States and seeks understanding concerning his conduct. Violet Oakley, American artist, life-long friend and collaborator with Jessie Willcox Smith and Elizabeth Shippen Green, and the first American woman to receive a public mural commission. During the first quarter of the twentieth century, she was renowned as a pathbreaker in mural decoration, a field that had been exclusively practiced by men. Oakley excelled at murals and stained glass designs that addressed themes from history and literature in Renaissance-revival styles. From the Library of Edith Emerson, whose books included many inscribed from (and to) Jessie Willcox Smith, Violet Oakley, and noted authors of the day. With original front cover of color dust jacket laid in.
Price: $125.00 Item #5011