History: Jessie Bays (1876-1970) was an English miniaturist, illustrator, and stained glass artist in the Arts & Crafts style. She was a member of the Royal Society of Miniature Painters, Sculptors and Gravers. Jessie once described the art of illumination: ‘”In its essence it is an intimate and loving art, and the very patience it demands can only be begotten of love.” Your great grandfather, J.G White, is well known as a patron of Bayes. In a 1914 article about her work, your grandfather is given the photo credit for one of her illustration’s of Shelly’s “Night.” What a wonderful family treasure you have!
Value: One of Bayes’ other manuscripts sold in 2011 for $18,000 at PBA Galleries, San Francisco. In that manuscript, Inscribed on a front blank: "To Mr. Frederick Strauss, as a slight token of highest appreciation and regard, from J.G. White. Nov. 1914." -- Your Grandfather’s name again! Provenance does not get any better than this!
Your manuscript is very comparable in size, number of pages, and detail of illustrations to the one sold at PBA. Your manuscript has the accompanying original box, unlike the one sold at PBA, whose binding was completely replaced. You should place an insurance value of $25,000 on your manuscript and expect $10-12,000 at auction.
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