Rare Limited Edition With Thirteen
Helen [Hunt] Jackson, illustrated by Alice A. Stewart.
The Procession of Flowers in Colorado.
Illustrated in water colors by Alice A. Stewart. Boston: Roberts
Brothers, 1886. Edition limited to 100 copies, of which this is
copy number 15, signed by the illustrator on a special limitation
page. Hand-painted watercolor drawings on thirteen pages,
including twelve large page-borders and one tail-piece. Small
ownership label of Maude Ripley Schemm on the front pastedown and
her signature and 1890 date on the front free endpaper. Original
quarter cream-colored calf over light green cloth boards, with
gilt-stamped cover title and floral decoration. Top edge gilt.
White moiré endpapers. Boards soiled with some discoloration to the
leather; corners worn and bumped; offsetting to adjacent pages from
watercolor illustrations, likely an artifact of printing, otherwise
very good condition. BAL 10498. Originally published in Helen Hunt
Jackson's Bits of Travel at Home (1878).
Original Water Color Illustrations
More Information: "Roberts Brothers, Boston, successors to Little Brown, published a limited edition [of The Procession of Flowers in Colorado] in 1886. One hundred copies bound in pale blue or green cloth with an ivory colored calf back-strip were decorated with a length of kinnikinnick in gold where the cloth and calf join. The title, and the author's and illustrator's names are impressed in a wavering Victorian script in gold. Each of the one hundred copies was individually painted and signed. The paper used was Whatman watercolor paper watermarked 1886. The first word on the first page was not printed, but Alice painted it in the style of the medieval illuminators. She then decorated the text, with different wild flowers. No two books are exactly the same. Some books have additional full pages of flowers, up to six additional pages, and a painted tail piece or colophon. Alice worked on completion of these books from 1886 to 1888. She was married during this time and at least one book is signed with her married name, but most are signed 'Alice Stewart.' The book sold for $25 which was a considerable sum for the times. Of the one hundred copies published, the authors of this article have located twenty-six, including one copy without any artwork. The Procession of Flowers in Colorado, when found today, commands a premium price" (Edwin and Nancy Bathke, "Alice Stewart Hill, Colorado Springs' First Wild Flower Artist," in Extraordinary Women of the Rocky Mountain West (2010), pages 120-121).
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