New York: Edmond Byrne Hackett, Brick Row Book Shop, 1923. First Edition. Original boards. Small 8vo. 47 pp. 15 full page and 17 small color watercolor and gouache drawings, SIGNED, by Frances Paelian. The cover has a painted cut-out of an elaborately turbaned woman with applied metal earrings and necklace above a collar made from a slice of watermelon. Paintings also appear on pastedowns and blanks with smaller drawings interspersed throughout the text. The date 'August 10, 1940' is written in pencil at the bottom of the last page, perhaps indicating the date these drawings were executed. A unique and highly decorative art book. The orignal black boards have been painted pink as background for the dramatic painting on the front cover. Item #17461
Frances Paelian was a graduate of Lincoln School of Teachers College, New York, and studied art at the national Academy of Design, New York, and the Pratt Institute, Brooklyn, New York. A member of the American Artists Group of New York City, her murals have appeared in Fifth Avenue shops, and she has been a designer of greeting cards, as well as a writer.