SMALL STONE HOUSES OF COTSWOLD Inscribed: VAN ROOTEN Bookplate Hampden & Spencer
SMALL STONE HOUSES OF COTSWOLD Inscribed to VAN ROOTEN by Hampden & Spencer
Small Stone Houses of the Cotswold District
by E.A. Ruggles
with pencil sketches by Meade A. Spencer
SIGNED and INSCRIBED by illustrator Meade Spencer as well as by actor Burford Hampden (1898-1986) to Luis van Rooter. Spencer is known for her watercolors, and contributed 15 sketches (some with a touch of color) to this volume. British born Burford Hampden began his acting career in London theater and later moved on to American radio acting. Mexican-born Luis van Rooter also was a notable American radio actor, who went on to become a notable film actor best remembered for his bad-guy roles. Somewhere in the universe, these 3 converged, and shared a unique fascination in Cotswold architecture.
Oversized book is filled with photo plates, as well as layed-in sketches, featuring small stone houses from southwestern England. According to the 5 page intro, the images were chosen according to how well they could be reproduced in the U.S. 143 pages. 11.25 x 15.25 inches.
Publishing Info: J.H. Jansen, Cleveland, OH. 1931.
Hardback is overall in VERY GOOD condition.
- Book has been very well kept.
- Binding is secure, with minimal play.
- Gilt text is faded on front and spine.
- Boards have moderate edgewear and some surface scuffs.
- VAN ROOTEN bookplate on front pastedown.
- Inscription page has moderate foxing, otherwise foxing is minimal, very light and very scattered.
- Small orange bookseller's sticker on front pastedown.
- Interior pages are lightly age toned, with clear print.
- There is an unusual light crease near the page number throughout most of book, as if it was once dropped on something small.
- Text block is dusty with some marks/smudges.
- Book may have other minor signs of age and wear.
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