London: Longman, Hurst, Rees, Orme, and Brown, 1816. Item #05219
A Fine Fore-Edge Painting by Chicago Artist Lyman Young
FORE-EDGE PAINTING. [YOUNG, Lyman, artist]. The Remains of Henry Kirke White, of Nottingham …with an account of his life by Robert Southey. London: Longman, Hurst, Rees, Orme, and Brown, 1816.
With a fine fore-edge painting (ca. 1935) by Lyman Young depicting a typical English county fox-hunting scene with hounds and riders. The fore-edge is signed by Lyman Young on the final free-endpaper.
Seventh edition. Two volumes bound in one. Octavo (8 3/8 x 5 1/4 inches; 214 x 133 mm.). [i]-viii, -376; [i]-viii, -316 pp. Volume one with an engraved portrait frontispiece and additional vignette title; Volume two with an engraved view of the islet which he had often forded when the river was not knee-deep. Some offsetting from plates to title-pages.
Full contemporary maroon straight-grain morocco, covers decoratively bordered in gilt, spine with four shallow raised bands, decoratively tooled and lettered in gilt, gilt decorated turn-ins, red paper endleaves. Housed in a later red cloth slipcase. Near fine.
"YOUNG, Lyman (1893-1984). American artist, cartoonist. Young studied art at the Chicago Art Institute and became famous for his work on "The Kelly Kids." "Tim Tyler's Luck" was his most celebrated comic strip, which first appeared in 1928. He was married to Marge and lived in Santa Barbara, California. Young knew Col. Don L. Wells who commissioned him to make fore-edge paintings, possibly during the mid-1930s in Los Angeles, CA. Young apparently did not supply title-labels, but he did sign the books, typically on the rear free endleaf, facing the fore-edge. In 1940 he demonstrated painting on a fore-edge as part of the "Art in Action" project at the Golden Gate International Exposition, Palace of Fine Arts. The book was a copy of Shakespeare's Sonnets, London: published and bound by Rivière and Son, 1928: Young sold and inscribed the volume to Dr. Maurice Sollman." (Jeff Weber. Annotated Dictionary of Fore-Edge Painting, Artists & Binders, Los Angeles, 2010).
There are eight examples of Lyman Young's Fore-Edge Painting in Jeff Weber's Annotated Dictionary of Fore-Edge Painting, Artists & Binders including the present which is pictured in color. "… the artist offered a scene of fox hunting with the hounds and riders. Young wrote his name as per his usual style, on the back inside leaf along the recto's edge, using red colored paint: his name in capital letters…" (Weber, p. 268).
This is the first example of Lyman Young's work that I have seen in over fifty years (DJB).