Item #51316 PRETTY PEGGY And Other Ballads. 19th C. Dust jacket, Rosina - Emmet, Sherwood, 1854 - 1948.
PRETTY PEGGY And Other Ballads.
PRETTY PEGGY And Other Ballads.
PRETTY PEGGY And Other Ballads.
PRETTY PEGGY And Other Ballads.

PRETTY PEGGY And Other Ballads.

New York: Dodd Mead and Company, (1880). 1st edition (presumed). 64 pp. Illustrated with lithographs by Emmet, in pastel colors, her style, to my eye, reminiscent of Kate Greenway. "Drawn on stone & printed by Brett Lithographing Co. N.Y." 8vo. 9-1/2" x 7-3/8". Linen cloth spine over yellow & green glazed boards. Pale green eps. Buff paper dust jacket printed in dark brown. Book - VG+ to Nr Fine. Jacket - some edge chipping, closed tears to both front & rear panel. An About VG example of this very early, and quite rare, jacket. Item #51316

Sherwood apparently received her earliest training in art from her mother; a sketchbook dating to 1873 was in the hands of family members in 1987. Rosina traveled to Europe in 1876–1877, and was presented to Queen Victoria during the trip. Returning to New York, she and her friend Dora Wheeler began study with William Merritt Chase, and by 1881 she took studio space in the Tenth Street Studio Building. Among her earliest works were illustrations for publications such as Harper's Magazine, and in 1880 she won the $1,000 first prize in a competition to design a Christmas card for Louis Prang & Company.

In 1893, Sherwood painted the mural The Republic's Welcome to Her Daughters for the Woman's Building of the 1893 World's Fair. Her work was also exhibited in the Palace of Fine Arts at the Fair.

She accepted commissions once more in 1918 to provide support for her family, and continued painting watercolors for much of her career. One of these, 1922's San Pedro, Manila, was included in the inaugural exhibition of the National Museum of Women in the Arts, American Women Artists 1830–1930, in 1987."

A quick OCLC survey of Emmet's works shows this to be her first.

This book/jacket probably the one recorded by Tanselle as one of 7 extant from 1880. Cf. entry 80.2 in his Book Jackets, noting its offering in Leach Cat 71-2, item 112, further sold in the Leach sale (1984), lot 21.

Price: $450.00

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