The Owl at Alfriston. W. H. Hudson.
The Owl at Alfriston.
The Owl at Alfriston.
The Owl at Alfriston.
The Owl at Alfriston.
The Owl at Alfriston.
(Calligraphy)

The Owl at Alfriston.

Alexander, Margaret (illus.)

Henley-on-Thams: 1957. Small octavo. (i) (9) pp. Calligraphic manuscript on paper written in green and black ink with first line and small text initials in gold. Text opens with large illuminated initial "O" with watercolor figure of an owl; the text closes with a watercolor figure of an owl inside a cage rendered in gold. The text is an excerpt from chapter 14 of W.H. Hudson's Nature in Downland, and recounts the tale of an African Horned owl who resided at a sweets shop in the village of Alfriston. The bird had been rescued by the owner's son, and the author draws the conclusion that those who frequent the shop do so in order to see the caged owl. With one page "Scribe's Apology" on the verso of the last leaf, noting a repeated line. Tipped-in to rear pastedown is a small calligraphed label noting the specifics of this manuscript, and its price in 1957. This copy bears the bookplate and ownership markings of J.R. Abbey. Margaret Alexander (b.1902) studied at the Slade School of Fine Art and taught calligraphy and illuminating there from 1928-1957. She was also a calligrapher to the House of Lords 1926-1963 and worked for the Stanbrook Abbey Press. In cloth-backed marbled boards with small roundel on upper cover with an image of an owl in green and black against a gold background. Fine. Item #28917

Price: $6,500.00

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