Book Title: History of the FanAuthor: G. Woolliscroft RheadDate: 1910Publisher: Kegan Paul, Trench, Trübner & Co.Pages: 311Limited edition of 45027 color plates, 147 half-tones, and numerous in-print illustrations
George Woolliscroft-Rhead (1855-1920) was trained in painting by Ford Madox Brown, the most important and individual artist to be associated with the Pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood. A painter, etcher and designer of stained glass and ceramics, he belonged to the mainstream of the Arts and Crafts movement. He was the elder brother of Frederick and Louis Rhead with whom he collaborated as an illustrator. Woolliscroft-Rhead learned the technique of etching under the tutelage of Alphonse Legros and was elected a member of the Royal Society of Painter-Etchers and Engravers in 1883. In later years he taught at Putney School of Art from 1896 and subsequently became director of Southwark Polytechnic Institute.
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Fair, the cover is worn, with splits on the sides of the spine and corresponding cracks to the inside cover gutters. It is holding, but loose. There are no stamps or other attachments. There are some pencil notations, which are easily erased. The only indelible mark is a name and address, in ink, on the half-title page. The binding is secure, with no loose or missing pages. All the live areas of the plates are in excellent condition. Many pages have light foxing to the borders, and various gutters are foxed, or are tanned from page holding stubs having been left in place too long. A number of pages have shallow edge wear, and a few have tears, but none of these extend to the live areas. Most pages don’t have this wear.