A House of Pomegranates
London: Methuen and Co. Ltd. 1915
vi + 162pp illustrated with full colour title page and 16 further mounted illustrations in colour by Jessie M. King. Decorated end papers also by King as is the binding design. Royal blue cloth with orange decorative motifs and lettering. Slightly faded on the spine else a very good copy of this title where the blue and orange binding is very crisp. The book comprises four fairy tales, written by Oscar Wilde and first published in 1891: The Young King, The Birthday of the Infanta, The Fisherman and his Soul and The Star-Child. Jessie M. King was made Tutor in Book Decoration and Design at Glasgow School of Art in 1899 and was influenced by Mackintosh's circle and European traditions of art nouveau. By 1911 she had moved to Paris and with her husband founded the Shieling Atelier. it is argued some of her best illustration work evolved whilst there where she knew, amongst others, Léon Bakst.