n.p. (Chiswick?): n.p., 1921. Hardcover. Fine. Item #22309 .
Illuminated manuscript on vellum. 12mo (4½ by 6 inches). 25 leaves of vellum beautifully calligraphy, recounting the story of the Falling asleep of the Virgin Mary by John the Theologian. The title page is hand-colored in blue, purple and red, with 20 illuminated historiated initials, the text with black, red and colored line-fillers. Nicely bound in full morocco, tooling on the upper board with a circle enclosing a pierced heart and with the title in gilt. Marbled endpapers, top edge gilt.
The colophon identifies the calligrapher as F. M. Green and the illuminator as H. D. Webb as well as the date, 1921. Hesba Dora Webb co-founded the Caradoc Press in 1899 with her husband, Harry George Webb. The press issued over 20 books; all typesetting, printing and binding were done by the Webbs. Florence Mary Green resided with the Webbs and was listed as an illuminator and typist in the 1911 census.
There is an indication that this was made as a gift. There is a pencil inscription on a preliminary blank reading,"M. Lee from the writer and illuminator".
A fine example with only a trace of wear, and indeed a beautiful book.