Dibdin, Edward Rimbault. In Search of Sunlight. [Calligraphic manuscript]. Beautiful illuminated title page by Dibdin, followed by two full pages of the locations he gave this account of a trip to Italy, with dates included. (Mentions of the lecture can be found in period publications, as well.) Included in the volume is what appears to be Dibdin's actual notes for the lecture, including annotations throughout, edits, points where glass lantern slides would be shown, etc. Pasted in at rear are two newspaper accounts of the lecture. Dibdin's bookplate on front pastedown, and signature on ffep. Bound in dark blue cloth with gilt lettering to spine. Some rubbing and spots to covers.
Loosely inserted are two images of Palermo, and a card and envelope for Dibdin and his wife's sketching class ("minimum two weeks") at Broxton.
"Edward Rimbault Dibdin (1853-1941), curator and writer, was born in Edinburgh in 1853 to Henry Edward Dibdin and Isabella Perkins Palmer. E. R. Dibdin studied art at Edinburgh College of Art (known at that time as the Royal Institution) and worked as the art critic for the Liverpool Courier newspaper from 1887 to 1904. He was appointed as curator of the Walker Art Gallery in Liverpool in 1904 and served in that position until 1918. E. R. Dibdin published several books on art, photography, and music. Keenly interested in the history of his family, E. R. Dibdin collected materials about the Dibdins, gave lectures on their history, and published works about his ancestors, notably A Charles Dibdin Bibliography, published in 1938. He was married three times and had six children. Edward Rimbault Dibdin died of illness in 1941" (Harry Ransom Center).