Kansas City: American Bookplate Society, 1921. Pearson, Ralph M. No binding. No. 51 of 250 copies, octavo size, 12 loose pages, signed by the artist. Near fine. Item #18081305
Ralph M. Pearson (1883-1958) was an American printmaker who specialised in etching and created stunning prints of landscapes and the working class; he took a painterly approach to etching, using a variety of marks to capture the spirit of his subjects. During his life, he received awards from the California Society of Etchers and the American Bookplate Society, among many others. He also exhibited at the Panama-Pacific International Exposition in San Francisco, showing many of the bookplates in this collection.
These twelve bookplates demonstrate Pearson's finesse in the fields of etching and bookplate design; each are signed by the artist in pencil beneath the plate, and arranged chronologically to show the development of Pearson's style, from the pure landscapes of his early bookplates to the pictorial symbolism of his later designs. This collection includes bookplates for Ruth R. Pearson, Florence M. Hendershot, Frank O. Lowden (a Republican politician who served as the 25th Governor of Illinois), Wallace Heckman, Ruth Morris, Leroy Truman Goble, Elizabeth Faulkner, Albert and Margaret De Silver (founding members of the American Civil Liberties Union), Virginie Migeon Swift, Florence Lowden, Irving and Ione Scales, and Thomas Alexander Mellon (of the influential Mellon family in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania). The bookplate created for Albert and Margaret De Silver received the award from the American Bookplate Society.
___DESCRIPTION: Folded cream paper folio with black lettering on the front panel, rear flap to hold pages, title page in black and orange with orange ornament, twelve black-and-white etched bookplates by Ralph M. Pearson; octavo size (9.25" by 6.25"), 12 loose pages, one of 250 copies, this number 51, signed by the artist in pencil below each plate.
___CONDITION: The loose pages are near fine, collated complete, clean and bright, without wear, and entirely without prior owner markings; some slight specks of soiling to the margins of some of the pages, else fine. The outer folio is very good plus, clean overall with some minor soiling, some slight wear to the corners and spine, a couple creases to the front panel, and a prior owner marking "No. 2705" written in pencil on the inside front panel. Although the folio has some wear, the prints themselves are in near fine condition, a lovely collection of Pearson's bookplates.
___CITATION: AskART; Edan Hughes, "Artists in California, 1786-1940".
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