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Jefferson Wallace collection

 Unprocessed — Box: 1
Identifier: ViU-2017-0115

Content Description

Three typescript books, all richly illustrated in watercolor paintings and illuminations. Fairy book, The Story Teller, and Anthology of English poetry. 1. "The Fairy Book, MS Edition of Colored Illustrations by Jefferson Wallace." It is incomplete. Contains 296 pages of heavily ornamented typescript, with borders in the medieval style and hundreds of illuminated figures and decorations in the margins. The entire book was to be over 346 pages; we lack the final 6 tales. With 27 full page watercolor illustrations with captions and pagination indications. 2. "Anthology of English Poetry, selected from the writings of British and American Poets and illuminated by Jefferson Wallace, Richmond, Virginia MCMXXVI." 1926. 327 pages including Index. Illuminated in watercolor throughout, with attractive borders, decorations, illyminated letters, and ornaments and portrait rondels of poets. Large collection of male poets, both minor and major. Selected names include Samuel Taylor Coleridge, Rudyard Kipling, Edgar Allan Poe, Oscar Wilde. 3. "The Storyteller." 192 pages, with illuminated letters, full page watercolor illustrations, chapter headings, tail piece, and so on. Typescript of a group of stories by Wallace, with notations to a printer as well as notes to himself of things still to be done. Of particular interest are several stories set in Richmond, including a tale about Richmond Theater, the Carrington family of Richmond, Cary Street. Many illustrations of Richmond places and people, including African-American figures.

Acquisition Type



Black Swan Books, 1 July 2017.

Restrictions Apply



  • 1890 - 1950


0.4 Cubic Feet (1 document box)


Three typescript books.