Boston and New York: Houghton Miflin Company, 1911. First Edition. Cloth. Octavo, pp. xii, 268, 15 photogravure illustrations, blue cloth covered boards, grey cloth spine, gilt lettered leather title panel, top board with gilt blocked seal, top edge gilt. Some foxing to edges of leaves and to first and last gathering, spine is flecked, corners very lightly bumped. In original slip case which has separated along one of the top joins. Bookplate of laywer and Liberal politician Charles George Milne Gaskell on front paste-down, gift inscription from Henry Adams dated Paris 1911 on front free endpaper. Good. Item #762
John La Farge (March 31, 1835 – November 14, 1910) was an American painter, muralist, stained glass window maker, decorator, and writer. The seal on the top board is copied and enlareged from a seal designed by Rizio Awoki for John La Farge and cut in ivory for him whan he was in Japan in 1886. It embodies his surname in Japanese characters (from list of illustrations).
The bookplate reads "Charles George Milne Gaskell of Thornes House Co. York Esq, M.P. 1891". American historian Heny Adams, descended from the Adams political family, was a close friend of Gaskell's and introduced him to the writer Henry James. "[Gaskell] invited both men to stay frequently at Wenlock Abbey, where he and his wife entertained many artists, writers, politicians and intellectuals of the day including explorer Isabella Bishop, artist Robert Bateman and writers Edith Sichel and Thomas Hardy." (Gamble, Cynthia, 2015 Wenlock Abbey 1857-1919: A Shropshire Country House and the Milnes Gaskell Family, Ellingham Press).