Alexander, Francesca; Ruskin, John [editor]. Christ's Folk in the Apennine: Reminiscences of her Friends among the Tuscan Peasantry [w/ bookplate by Elisha Brown Bird]
Alexander, Francesca; Ruskin, John [editor]. Christ's Folk in the Apennine: Reminiscences of her Friends among the Tuscan Peasantry [w/ bookplate by Elisha Brown Bird]
Alexander, Francesca; Ruskin, John [editor]. Christ's Folk in the Apennine: Reminiscences of her Friends among the Tuscan Peasantry [w/ bookplate by Elisha Brown Bird]
Alexander, Francesca; Ruskin, John [editor]. Christ's Folk in the Apennine: Reminiscences of her Friends among the Tuscan Peasantry [w/ bookplate by Elisha Brown Bird]
Alexander, Francesca; Ruskin, John [editor]. Christ's Folk in the Apennine: Reminiscences of her Friends among the Tuscan Peasantry [w/ bookplate by Elisha Brown Bird]

Alexander, Francesca; Ruskin, John [editor]. Christ's Folk in the Apennine: Reminiscences of her Friends among the Tuscan Peasantry [w/ bookplate by Elisha Brown Bird]

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Alexander, Francesca; Ruskin, John [editor]. Christ's Folk in the Apennine: Reminiscences of her Friends among the Tuscan Peasantry [w/ bookplate by Elisha Brown Bird]. New York: John Wiley & Sons, 1888.  First American Edition.

Dark red publisher's cloth, backstrip faded, light wear to the ends & corners, 5 1/2 x 8 inches. Bookplate of David Allen Thompson by E. B. Bird, 1889 gift inscription, "from David." viii., 203 pp., catalogue of Ruskin's works at end.  [4329] 

The bookplate is by Elisha Brown Bird (1867-1943) of Boston, a graduate of MIT "and from his experience there gained his first knowledge of light and shade, the handling of color, and systems of pen work. After his graduation he became head designer for the Boston Photogravure Company and later with the Art Publishing Company, which he left to go into business for himself." - E. B. Bird and his Bookplates, by Winfred Porter Truesdell (1904), as referenced at Ex Libris Art online.

The bookplate is no. 10 in A Booklet devoted to the Book Plates of Elisha Brown Bird: Being a Collection printed in Photogravure (1907). "This design was made for a gentleman emanating from Quaker stock, and is one of the most elaborate designs the artist has ever undertaken. It shows an old Dutch room with all the delightful romance associated therewith. The border is a beautiful piece of decoration, with a double Greek lamp at the top, and books brought in appropriately throughout."

The author, "Miss Alexander," sent to Ruskin sketches of the lives of the peasant people of Tuscany, which Ruskin here assembles into a book of stories. Esther Frances Alexander (1837-1917), born in Boston to a wealthy family who moved to Florence, Italy, when she was sixteen. She drew portraits and wrote about the lives of poor Tuscan farmers as gifts for wealthy American donors to their cause. "In the process she became familiar with local folkways and customs, collecting songs and stories and translating them for publication....In 1882 she was introduced to the English critic John Ruskin by a family friend. He was interested in her work, especially her simple, spiritual illustrations, and purchased two manuscripts from her for £600." - wikipedia.