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    [Miss Haywood]. Robert Burns. The Poetical Works of Robert Burns. Including the pieces published in his Correspondence... a history of the poems, by his brother, Gilbert Burns... London: John Bumpus, Walker & Co., et al., 1822. One fore-edge painting to each volume presumably by Helen R. Haywood, Volume I depicting "Burns and the Birthplace [Burns Cottage]" and Volume II depicting "[River] Ayr," with Haywood's distinctive light brown manuscript ink label to front blanks, circa mid-20th century. Two volumes. 12mo in sixes. 268; 262 pages. Illustrated with portrait frontispiece engraved by Freeman. Contemporary straight grain black morocco decorated in gilt and blind, spine decorated in gilt with four raised bands, decorative gilt roll to edges. Corners just bumped, moderate edgewear, somewhat rubbed and worn. Inner dentelles gilt, green endpapers, some soiling and offsetting, pencil notations. Internally generally clean and tight, all edges gilt; page 236 with 0.5-inch closed tear, somewhat foxed, offsetting to title page, minor text block edgewear. Housed in blue cloth thumb-hole slipcase lined in cream fleece, lightly rubbed, small circular sticker to top panel. Very good with bright, well-preserved fore-edge paintings.

    Though her work has often historically been attributed to contemporary artists, Haywood's chosen materials and subjects are often quite similar and easily identifiable. The fore-edge painting to volume I of this set depicting Burns and Burns Cottage is nearly identical to Haywood's presumed work on Poems, Chiefly in the Scottish Dialect (1787), also in this sale (lot 45058). "The certain identifying point making this Haywood's work is her inked label of the fore-edge found along the upper flyleaf, parallel to the fore-edge of the book. This manner of inscription is highly unusual with any other artist's work." - Weber, Annotated Dictionary, page 174.

    Christie's (08 December 1989, lot 202) - Randall J. Moskovitz (circa 1990s). From the Estate of Randall J. Moskovitz, MD, Memphis, Tennessee


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