Cloth binding for Kelly’s ‘Burma’

A. A. Turbayne, signed


Cloth binding

9½ x 6¾ inches

A fine example of Turbayne’s Edwardian bindings, its exotic imagery represents Western notions of Burma (Myanmar’s) cultural identity when it was a British colony. Turbayne uses one of his most characteristic motifs – the peacock – and focuses, once again, on the decorative qualities of the bird’s tail. [Commentary continues below.]

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