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Collingwood Family, Three Gifted Generations.

The first free endpaper bears the neat ink inscription "E.M.D. Collingwood, Xmas 1909 from Miss Bright", and below in pencil, in the hand of Barbara Crystal Collingwood, "B.C.G." Eventually, though showing no inscribed evidence of this ownership, the book came into the possession of Janet Gnosspelius, part of whose library we recently acquired. In 1883 Edith Mary Dorothy Isaac (1857-1928),the noted miniaturist and talented pianist, married William Gershom Collingwood (1854-1932), the antiquarian, author, artist and aesthete, assuming his surname. Amongst the multi-talented offspring of this marriage of talents was Barbara Crystal Collingwood (1887-1961), the sculptress, who in 1925 married Oscar Gnosspelius, the noted geologist and flying boat designer. Their daughter was Janet Gnosspelius (1925-2010) who achieved some fame, earlier as a scion of the famous Liverpool School of Architecture, and later as an enthusiastic built-environment conservationist. We have been unable to identify "Miss Bright." First edition, 1909, Constable and Company. Tan buckram hardback with gilt lettering to spine, Though with v. slight rubbing to gilt on spine, still "V.G." condition. A most interesting association copy, marking three generations of outstanding talent.

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