London: Printed for John Bumpus, Walker and Co.…, 1822. Item #05161
With Two Very Fine Fore-Edge Paintings by Helen R. Haywood
Depicting Burns Cottage with a Portrait of Robert Burns
and a Fine View of the Bridges on the River Ayr
FORE-EDGE PAINTING. HAYWOOD, Helen, artist. BURNS, Robert. The Poetical Works of Robert Burns; Including the Pieces Published in his Correspondence and Reliques: With his Songs and Fragments. To which are prefixed a history of the poems, by his brother, Gilbert Burns, and a sketch of his life. In two volumes. London: Printed for John Bumpus, Walker and Co.…, 1822.
Two small octavo volumes (6 1/8 x 4 inches; 157 x 101 mm.).[i]-xxx, -268; [i]-xii, -262 pp.
Contemporary full dark blue straight-grain morocco, covers elaborately decorated in gilt and blind, spines with four shallow raised bands, decoratively tooled and lettered in gilt in compartments, decorative gilt board-edges and turn-ins, pale blue endpapers, all edges gilt. Housed in an early blue cloth slipcase. A fine pair of Helen Haywood Fore-Edge Paintings.
With two very fine early twentieth century fore-edge paintings by Helen R. Haywood. The first volume with a fine view of Burns Cottage with a portrait of Robert Burns on the left side; The second volume with a fine view of Ayr River Bridges.
These fore-edge paintings were done by Helen Haywood sometime between 1927 and 1940. Front flyleaf of volume one with "Burns" [and] "The Birthplace"; volume two with "Ayr" all in the hand of Helen Haywood.
Helen R. Haywood (1908-1995) was an English writer and illustrator of children's books. She was born in England in 1908 but was taken as a child to Chile, where her father, an engineer, worked on the trans-Andean railway. She remained in Chile until she was approximately 15 years old. Her experiences were recounted in an unpublished novel,"Childhood in Chile." Miss Haywood was a keen student of science and an amateur naturalist and anthropologist. Many of the books she illustrated for the publisher Hutchinson & Co., London, were keenly observed and scrupulously accurate depictions of plants, birds and animals. When commissioned to do illustrations for a children's book on dinosaurs, her research into the skin colors she subsequently chose for her dinosaur illustrations was cited by the Royal Academy of Sciences. Haywood was also a practitioner of the art of fore-edge painting. She became acquainted with the art form through an uncle who was associated with the Bayntun-Riviere Bindery of Bath. She did several fore-edge and double fore-edge paintings on commission every year from the 1930s to the 1970s for Inman's Books, an antiquarian book dealer in New York City. She died in Bournemouth, England in 1995.
Provenance: Christie's New York, December 8th, 1989, lot 202 to Randal Moscovitz).