London: [Corporation of London Art Gallery], 1895. Edition not stated. A directory of loaned artworks on exhibition at the Corporation of London Art Gallery, from April 23 to July 21, 1895. While the book does not contain pictures, each piece (and artist) is described to detail, along with the identity of the donor. With complete index.
Bookplate reveals that this book is from the collection of Dennis Wheatley (1897-1977), a best-selling English author of thrillers, many with an occult or "black magic" theme, e.g., The Devil Rides Out (1934). He was also a noted collector of antique books, and nowadays there is a great deal of artistic appreciation directed towards his personal bookplate. It was illustrated by F.C. Papé as a tribute to Wheatley's mentor Gordon Eric Gordon-Tombe; in his design, Gordon Eric is depicted as a satyr, seated on a stump beside a bottle of champagne and a saxophone, as he delivers some words of wisdom to a young man based on Wheatley himself. Octavo (21.5cm); red morocco, decoratively stamped in gilt; spine in six compartments; AEG, marbled endpapers; 126pp. Light soiling to boards, with minor spots of chapping to hinges and crown of spine; front leading corner bumped. Toning to preliminary margins; slightly foxed ex libris on front pastedown (see comments). Overall Near Fine.