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Tall 4to (7½” x 11 ”). pp. 185. Signed Arts & Crafts binding design by Christopher Dean in dark green, white and gold on sage green linen weave cloth of lilies with their stems and leaves intertwined over a background of pebbles with a high central panel containing the titles in gold and two double rule borders. The spine has the titles in gold with a repeat of a portion of the front cover design.
A study of the life and works of Fra Giovanni Angelico Da Fiesole, an Early Italian Renaissance painter and miniaturist who was also a monk in the Dominican order (thus "Fra Giovanni" or "Brother John"). A great number of his works executed during his career are altarpieces and frescoes created for the church and the priory of San Marco in Florence while he was in residence there. He is considered one of the greatest 15th century painters.
Here Dean uses the Madonna Lily (Lillium candidum) as his primary motif for the binding design, which alludes to not only to Fra Angelico's work in depicting the Holy Family, but also Fra Angelico's humility and devotion as a Dominican monk.
A near fine ex-library copy WITH NO EXTERNAL MARKINGS OR LIBRARY PARAPHERNALIA; there is a contemporary engraved library bookplate and a small library ownership mark (1") on the verso of the frontis. and on the title page. There is a deaccession slip laid in. A scarce book, exceptionally so in this condition. Haslam 58.