RARE FIRST EDITION OF DOW’S MASTERPIECE, ONE OF THE MOST CELEBRATED EXAMPLES OF COLOR WOODBLOCK ILLUSTRATIONS. ONE OF ONLY 200 COPIES PRINTED. AN EXCEPTIONALLY FINE COPY IN THE ORIGINAL BOX.
"By Salt Marshes is Arthur Wesley Dow's tribute to the old North Shore town of Ipswich, where he was born and spent most of his life, and to his boyhood friend, Everett Stanley Hubbard. It is a collaboration somewhat in the spirit of Meteyard, Carman and Hovey in their Vagabondia books, though Hubbard was undoubtedly a lesser poet and Dow a greater artist. [It] is his masterpiece, and it is evident from the numerous sketches and proofs in the Ipswich Historical Society and the Society for Preservation of New England Antiquities - some dating back as far as 1895 - that it was a labor of love. Infinite care and craftsmanship were expended on every detail.”
Dow displayed a complete mastery of the color woodblock technique, "using as many as four or five different blocks, accurately registered, thinly inked to show the grain of the wood, and printed in subtle gradations of tone to achieve a luminosity that effectively evokes the quality of the light on the marshes" (Finlay, Artists of the Book in Boston, 1890-1910).
Complete with seven color woodcut illustrations plus title, colophon, endpaper, and head- and tailpiece vignettes.
Ipswich, Massachusetts: Privately printed, 1908. Thin small octavo, original brown linen-backed boards with woodcut cover title and vignette; original box; all housed in custom box.
EXCEEDINGLY RARE IN THE ORIGINAL BOX AND IN SUCH FINE CONDITION.
Price: $14,500 .