ERAGNY PRESS. WHITE, Diana. ADAMS, Katherine. ~ The Descent of Ishtar.
Wood engraved frontispiece designed by Diana White, wood engraved border in green and 5 initials in red designed by Lucien Pissarro, all engraved by Esther Pissarro. One of 226 copies printed in red, black and green in Brook type on Arches Eragny paper. 12mo., Bound by Katherine Adams, with her monogram in gilt, in russet creshed morocco, spine with 5 raised bands and lettered in gilt, gilt fillet on turnins. Small area of rubbing on upper cover and top of headcap, offset from the turnins, otherwise an extremely good copy.
An early example of Katherine Adams binding who was a pupil of Sarah Prideaux and worked for a time with Douglas Cockerell, although she was really self taught as this training only lasted for 4 months. She began binding on her own in 1901 receving her first commission from William Morris and bound for the greatest collectors and printers of her day. Her bindings are known for their techincial skill and the excellence of her gilding.
Esther Pissarro and Diana White had been friends since art school and Esther decided to publish her The Descent of Ishtar, based on an ancient Assyrian tale, which had been published in the New Review in 1897. Unusually the frontispiece, which shows Ishtar's lover, Tammuz, in the Underworld was by the author rather than Lucien, who didn't really like what he called her 'Neo-Pre-Raphaelite' work.
With the booklabel of the collectors Marie-Louise and Samuel Rosenthal and label of New York dealer Philip Duschnes.