Charting my life as a bookseller picking up books of every description and genre, with the proviso that they are always beautifully illustrated, to then sell on. These books pass through my life, but I thought I would describe some of the more interesting ones in the form of a diary, so here it is....
Tuesday, 23 July 2013
Katharine Cameron (1874 - 1965) studied at the Glasgow School of Art (1890 -1893) and was an accomplished artist, illustrator and close friend of Charles Rennie Mackintosh and his wife, Margaret MacDonald. She remains a perennially popular artist and illustrator. I have concentrated here on the fairy tale books she illustrated, but she did do so much much more, which will be explored further at some point. Her romantic images did much to popularise Scottish and Irish legends to a generation of children who were now able to afford the fairly cheap colour editions published by Thomas Nelson, Blackie & Son and T C & E C Jack at the turn of the twentieth century. I have included an example of a deluxe gilt binding sold earlier this year.