Lot 2 of 364:
With 10 original watercolor illustrations by Valenti Angelo  

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Lot closed - Sold For (Includes Buyer's Premium):$4,500
Estimate:
$1,000 - $1,500

Title:
The Sphinx - with original watercolor illustrations by Valenti Angelo
Author:
Wilde, Oscar
Place:
[London & New York]
Publisher:
[John Lane]
Date:
[1920]
Description:
36 pp. Title page lettered by hand with a small watercolor vignette below. 10 inserted plates with original water color illustrations by Valenti Angelo; 13 large decorative initials, colored by hand by Angelo in blue. (4to) 11¾x9" later black cloth ruled and lettered in gilt.

A unique volume, Angelo has removed the plates by Alastair that originally accompanied this edition and replaced them with original designs of his own. Inscribed on the front free endpaper: "To my Sweetheart Frances [Widney] - With all my love, Robert [Gump]. Christmas, 1925". Angelo had exhibited at Gump's department store the prior year in the 1294 SFAA Annual show.

Lot Amendments
Condition:
Light wear to cloth; one plate chipped in margin; near fine.
 
Item number:
291733
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