Publication: Frances Battaile Fisk, 1928, Abilene, Texas
First edition. 8vo. Inked inscription by the author on the front free fly leaf to her cousin Virginia, signed and dated. Original blue cloth, titles stamped in black on the front cover and spine, , 228 plus 5 pp., double column, preface, illustrated, plates, index of proper names and leading topics. Author gives research on the history and development of art in Texas including the early period in San Antonio, painters and 100s of other biographies of little known artists who have all but disappeared, to those who have become well-known and highly prized Texas artists, working and exhibiting prior to 1928. Information on many of these artists is difficult to find much less in this highly readable and detailed work. Most of the new books focus only on the most well-known and prominent. Fisk still remains after 92 years, an interesting and well written history of these early artists both men and women inspired by the beauty and grandeur of a vast land multi-cultural and much of it unchanged. Few copies come on the market especially when signed and in this condition. We've seen nothing more interesting on the subject than Fisk's history. Front hinge beginning to loosen but a solid very good serviceable copy.
Inventory Number: 46706