Monday, January 31, 2011
Rare Needlework Book Cover from the Book of Beauty, 1896
A pre-Raphaelite needlework book cover designed for The Book of Beauty: A Collection of Beautiful Portraits with Literary, Artistic and Musical Contributions by Men and Women of the Day, edited by Mrs F Harcourt Williamson and published by Hutchinson & Co in 1896.
Only 300 copies of the book, which includes contributions by Rudyard Kipling, Lord Curzon and Sir john millais, were produced, and this is the only known embroidered cover. The National Art Library at the Victoria & Albert Museum has a copy of the book, but without a cover like this.