A GALLERY OF GIRLS, by Coles Phillips - 1911 [Plates]


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A Gallery of Girls

by Coles Phillips

First edition.  New York:  The Century Company, 1911 

Hardback is overall in VERY GOOD- condition.

  • Dark green cloth covers have illustrated paper overlay. 
  • Boards show some dings, bumping, edgewear, chips to the edges of illustration, smudges and staining.  Corners are bumped and frayed.  See photos. 
  • Spine has an open 1/2" tear near foot, crushed ends.  See photos. 
  • Binding is intact, with the exception of the Title Page, which is detached.  Title page fore edge is bumped and worn.  See photos. 
  • Pastedowns and feps have some toning, smudges, a water mark at lower corner, bookseller and owner's marks.  See photos. 
  • Illustrations are bright and clear, a mild water mark at lower corner becomes less visible toward the back.  See photos. 
  • Interior is gently age toned.  Inside pages are free of writing and intentional marks.
  • Text block edges are a little dusty. 
  • PS2023.0906

39 color illustrations. 9.25 x 11.75 inches

A collection of color illustrations by Clarence Coles Phillips (1880-1927), American artist and illustrator.  Phillips signed his work C. Coles Phillips, and, after 1911, simply Coles Phillips.  His images of stylish women and use of negative space were well known from their appearance in advertisements and on the covers of magazines including Life and Good Housekeeping.  His signature technique was the "fadeaway girl," in which a model's apparel disappeared into a same-color background, leaving her head, arms, and feet in sharp relief.  The reader's eye filled in the missing outline, and from a printer's perspective it was economical as fewer colors were required.  

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