La Chaux-de-Fonds, Switzerland: 1897-1916. Octavo measuring 7.5 x 4.5 inches, three-quarter diced black sheep, glossy alligator-patterned paper boards, boards and spine stamped with four clasp-shaped gilt ornaments, gilt-stamped flower-patterned endpapers, all edges stained red. Eighty leaves with manuscript quotations and accompanying pen-and-ink drawings, mainly on rectos, but some double page. Manuscript note laid in, signed by Alice, asking that the book be well cared for by its finder until retrieved. Remnants of two spring leaves outlined in ink on second leaf. Binding rubbed, especially upper joint; two leaves repaired in gutter; one leaf with two small paper repairs.
Gracefully executed album of pen-and-ink drawings by “Alice," featuring dozens of quotations from French authors framed by detailed botanical and wildlife studies, completed over the course of two decades and presented as a gift on the occasion of a cousin's visit. The text includes classic lines from Pascal and Voltaire, as well as longer passages by Romantic writers including Victor Hugo, Théophile Gautier, and the artist's favorite, Alfred de Musset. Alice's delicately shaded sketches from nature capture the atmosphere of each season, and are particularly notable for her skilled use of white space. Text in French. A window into the reading life of an artist at the turn of the twentieth century.