AN EXCEPTIONAL COPY: QUALITY STREET, SUMPTUOUSLY ILLUSTRATED AND SIGNED BY HUGH THOMSON
(THOMSON, Hugh) BARRIE, James M. Quality Street. (London): Hodder & Stoughton, . Folio, original full vellum, elaborately gilt-decorated cover and spine, yellow satin ribbon ties. $1200.
Limited illustrated edition, number 561 of 1000 copies signed by Thomson, with 22 mounted color plates and 17 in-text line cuts.
“Thomson’s career was providentially sustained by the development of the color plate… [beginning] in 1909 with the publication of six plays in a sumptuous uniform format in full color reproduced by improved methods. Thomson’s 172 color plates for the plays constitute one of the most substantial and successful efforts to illustrate English plays” (Hodnett, 219). Barrie’s Quality Street was one of those six plays. Gallery invitation to exhibit of Thomson’s watercolor originals laid in.
Fine condition, with satin ties intact.