[SANGORSKI, Alberto] GRAY, Thomas. ~ An Elegy Written in A Country Churchyard.
Illuminated manuscript on vellum of 19 pages designed, written out and illuminated by Alberto Sangorski with 4 oval watercolour miniatures and each stanza with a decorative initial. Title page and first page with elaborate full illuminated borders and gilt initials. 8vo., bound in an elegant and subtle binding by noted designer bookbinder Deborah Evetts of full green morocco with double gilt fillet and gilt and onlaid red morocco glowers in each corner, spine in compartments with raised bands with the same red and gilt flower in each panel, gilt dots on each band and a red morocco and gilt spine label in the second panel, marbled endpapers. Some darkening and damp marking to the bottom of the leaves, not affecting the miniatures or the text.
Gray’s Elegy was one of Sangorski’s favourite texts for illumination, Ratcliffe in Hidden Treasures, lists six copies of the title, including this one.
Loosely inserted are bookplates of two previous owners - John Achelis, a wealthy New Yorker and Calvin Bullock, a prominent Wall Street broker and collector.