1790. First Edition. This continuation of Samuel Johnson's Rasselas (1759) by Ellis Cornelia Knight is an excellent work with captivating provenance. On the front pastedown lies the pictorial bookplate of none other than acclaimed sculptor Anne Seymour Damer (1748-1828). Damer came from an upper-class Whig family and was often referred to as a "female genius" in her time. She was incredibly talented in the arts and has credited her interest as a sculptor to her mentor, David Hume. The plate itself was designed by Agnes Berry and shows a young woman kneeling before what is perhaps a memorial of Damer herself as it is listed on front of the sculpture. Beneath it, a laurel wreath encircling a sculptor's tools and a shield flanked by dogs featuring a set of wings. Damer would one day choose to be buried with the ashes of her favorite dog and her sculptor's tools. Interestingly, bookplate was designed by painter Agnes Berry and engraved by close friend Francis Legat (1755-1809).
First Edition, Original leather boards, Spine rebacked, gilt tooling on spine with red Morocco label, noticeable wear to the corners and edges, mild scuffing. Bookplate on the front pastedown in excellent condition, and marbled endpapers otherwise clean and tight. Octavo, 339 pp. Fair copy of a book owned by a notable female sculptor. Item #870