Original manuscript, 40pp. comprising 20 sides of text copied from the Book of Genesis and 9 accomplished circular pen and ink drawings completed in watercolour and bodycolour. Square octavo (13 x 13cm). Original cloth boards with titles in ink to the upper board: "Adam and Eve. / Helen and Lewis Taylor. / 1860 / Swynnerton Rectory". Condition is very good, the binding firm with a few minor marks to the boards and a little wear to the corners. Very neatly rebacked with new pastedowns. The contents, with minor toning and a little marking to the page margins are otherwise in very good order.
A very charming mid-nineteenth century illustrated manuscript forming a selection from chapters 1-9 of the Book of Genesis, created by Helen and Lewis Taylor, likely a sister and brother, residing at Swynnerton Rectory in Staffordshire. At first the drawings appear perhaps a little naive, but closer inspection reveals fine detail and a good degree of skill; the drawing of the animals boarding the ark, in particular, is beautifully composed, the animals rendered with a light, playful line that creates a pleasing sense of movement. Amongst the scenes depicted are God's creation of the world, Adam naming the animals, the fall of man, the expulsion from the Garden of Eden, Noah's Ark, the Great Flood and Noah's sacrifice.
Stock code: 20329