We hold the complete run of 19th century periodical The Pageant, which ran for only two years in 1896 and 1897. It was one of a number of like publications at the time, including The Yellow Book, Evergreen and The Savoy, which sought to cater to the artistic and literary tastes of the burgeoning middle classes. The Pageant included a number of engravings and lithographs by artists such as Whistler and the Pre-Raphaelites, whilst also featuring the stories of writers such as Yeats.
The brown cloth binding with gold-stamped birds bearing mistletoe in their beaks was designed by Victorian artist Charles Ricketts, whilst the endpapers (printed brown on cream and featuring a small girl surrounded by flowers and leaves processing in repeat from right to left) are the design of artist Lucien Pissarro.
Our 1897 volume comes from the collection of Henry A. Mavor, an electrical engineer who went on to found the Glasgow firm of Muir and Mavor (later Mavor and Coulson). His bookplate can be found inside the front cover, and shows a young man in medieval dress presenting an open book for an elderly scholar to read. It bears the notice “OH did this 1912”, which refers to Osborne Henry Mavor. Osborne was a doctor by training, but soon became one of the leading playwrights of his generation, writing under the pseudonym of James Bridie. He was instrumental in the establishment of both the Citizen’s Theatre and what went on to become the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland.