Design Art, Bookplate, Ex Libris, Hourglass, Moon, Stars, Pen and Ink, c. 1900
Ex. Libris. Charles Llewellyn, Lewes [Bookplate]
Lewes, England: 1900
Pen and ink and gouache on stiff paper
8 x 7 inches, image
13 x 10 1/2 inches, overall
Original illustration art design for a book plate for books belonging to Charles Llewellyn of Lewes, a town in Sussex, England.
Image consists of young woman holding a large key (possibly symbolic of the key to knowledge), beneath a winged hourglass representing the passage of time. The heavens appear in the background, and in the title border are illustrations of scrolls, a bird, snake, and book.
Condition: Generally very good, the paper with the usual light overall toning, some minor edge fraying, slight soiling. Some minor scattered foxing and spotting.