Lot 40: English Lyrics from Spenser to Milton (1898, signed by illustrator Robert Bell)
August 28, 2016
Adelaide, AustraliaLive Auction
[STOW, Catherine; Katie Langloh PARKER]. DENNIS, John (introduction): English Lyrics from Spenser to Milton. Illustrations by Robert Anning Bell.
London, George Bell and Sons, 1898. Octavo (225 x 145 mm), with 21 full-page illustrations and numerous headpieces and tailpieces by Robert Anning Bell. Cloth a little sunned on the spine and lightly foxed; an excellent copy (internally fine).
Number 124 of only 125 copies printed on Japanese vellum; this copy is also signed on the flyleaf in full by the artist. The pictorial bookplate of Catherine Stow is mounted on the front pastedown. Catherine Eliza Somerville (Katie) Stow (1856-1940) married Langloh Parker, a well-known pastoralist, in 1875. From 1879 to the 1890s they lived at Bangate station on the Narran River, near Walgett, New South Wales. During those years, Katie Langloh Parker collected the myths and legends of the local Aboriginal people, and published two important volumes, 'Australian Legendary Tales' (1896) and 'More Australian Legendary Tales' (1898).