Inscribed by Hay to the front endpaper: "To Miss Hodge with the Author's best regards 14th Oct 1845". Later owned by an artist who has added his inscription below that of the author: "Chas Jenkin June 24th 1934", and who has liberally annotated practically every page and plate in pencil, adding paint splodges to plate 32 to check the shade. Complete, in poor but quite charming condition, with numerous historic amateur repairs. The original cloth boards are retained, re-backed with a strip of brown cloth tape with the title from the original spine cut out and glued on in the appropriate place, the boards are bumped, marked and rubbed.
The text block is split in numerous places, some pages detached or nearly so from the stitching and quite ragged and softened at the edges, with at least 10 hasty repairs with gummed or glued on strips of scrap paper to hold sections together, there is staining from water or turps, general foxing, toning and marks and many of the triangles of colour to the plates have transposed their shade to the opposing page, only one retaining a tissue guard. Scottish colour theorist and interior designer, Hay's best known work, quite uncommon as a first edition in commerce, and I cannot find record of another inscribed copy. Best avoided if you like your books clean, neat and presentable, but if you are willing to give shelf room to a book that has been used exuberantly, lovingly repaired repeatedly so that it can continue to be so used, and smelling thrillingly like the ghost of art classes past, then this copy will reward you liberally for your kindness. This item is in the category "Books, Comics & Magazines\Antiquarian & Collectable".
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