Wednesday, September 03, 2008

Lovecraft's Providence (Art) c. 1905 and before


These are artists that Lovecraft would have known well. He was a student of Rhode Island history, but his tastes leaned toward the macabre. Still, when this little book came out, Lovecraft would have been about 14. It was part of his world.


Notes from the seller on this item:

AUTHOR: John Nelson Arnold
TITLE: Art and Artists in Rhode Island
PUBLISHER: Rhode Island Citizens Historical Association, Providence, RI
DATE: 1905
EDITION: First edition
SIZE: 6 by 9 inches

COMMENTS: Signed on the front free end paper . "To Wm Alden Brown, with compliments of John N. Arnold." The booklet contains information and short biographies about Rhode island artists. Gilbert Stuart, John Smybert, John Copley, John Trumbull, Charles Durfee, C.G. Thompson, George P.A. Healy, James Sullivan Lincoln, and many, many others. The person to whom the booklet is inscribed, William Alden Brown, was also an artist.

CONDITION: Poor. The booklet is disbound. The binding staples hold the cover through pages 16. Pages 17, and a plate are loose, pages 19-30 are together as a signature. Pages 31 and 32 are together but loose, pages 33- 46 are togeher as a signature. Page 47, the last page, is glued to the rear cover. the covers are chipped and worn. The front free endpaper has been reapired at the top edge with a piece of tape that is now discolored.

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