Legends of the Madonna as Represented in the Fine Arts. Edward Burne-Jones’s copy, Anna Jameson.
Legends of the Madonna as Represented in the Fine Arts

Legends of the Madonna as Represented in the Fine Arts

London: Longmans, Green, and Co., 1872. Edward Burne-Jones’s copy with his book label, printed by the Kelmscott Press in Golden type, “From the Library of Edward Burne-Jones, The Grange, North End Road, Fulham” on the front pastedown.

“Burne-Jones was also influenced by contemporary scholarship, particularly Anna Jameson's studies of Sacred and Legendary Art and Legends of the Madonna. These illustrated books, identified by Gail-Nina Anderson and Joanne Wright as key sources for the Pre-Raphaelites, made the connection between music and Marian imagery explicit. Jameson included descriptions of the Madonna as ‘not only queen of the angels, but patroness of music and minstrelsy’ Burne-Jones responded appropriately. His stained-glass window celebrating the Life of the Virgin surrounds Mary with angels making music with an organ, a psaltery, a harp and various other instruments.” Cooper, Picturing Music in Victorian England, (Dissertation 2005).

Burne-Jones’s Annunciation was, in turn, featured in later, posthumous editions of Jameson’s Legends of the Madonna (1895).

Fifth edition. 8vo. lxxv, 344pp. + 27 etchings.
A good copy in publisher’s blind-stamped and gilt-stamped maroon cloth, with backstrap detached on one side, significant rubbing at spine and corners, fading and staining to boards and spine, corners rubbed, contents generally clean. Item #246

Price: $400.00