Newton Centre, Massachusetts: [circa 1910s-1920s].
Hardcover. Sketchbook album and three engraved bookplates. Small quarto. Measuring 8" x 10". Quarter cloth and marbled paper over boards, paper label on the front cover with the artist's name in manuscript: "Hazel Curtiss, Newton Centre, Mass." Some moderate wear (fraying) to the joints and board edges, very good. Accompanied by three printed bookplates (two designed by Curtiss), mounted and housed in a wood and glass frame (about 12" x 7"). Hazel Curtiss's working sketchbook album containing about 100 ink and pencil drawings: consisting of several original illustrations (of boy scouts and children), hand-sketched book art designs, vignettes, ornaments, etc., including allegorical figures, emblems, letter-forms and typographic devices, and illustrated title pages and bookplate designs; with related manuscript notes in text and laid-in. Most drawings are on thick artist's tissue paper (including several on paper): over 50 are mounted onto 35 leaves in the album (rectos and versos); and about 50 are laid-in. A comprehensive and accomplished collection, embracing a variety of classical and oriental grammars of ornament, human anatomy and costume; with many contemporary book illustrations and designs inspired by Walter Crane and Joseph Pennell, and costume designs inspired by Talbot Hughes.