by Gaskell, Elizabeth; Thomson, Hugh (illustrator); Ritchie, Anne Thackeray (introduction)
London: Macmillan, 1907. Attractive illustrated edition of Elizabeth Gaskell's Cranford, a sympathetic account of life in a sleepy English village, first serialized in 1851: "I had often occasion to notice the use that was made of fragments and small opportunities in Cranford; the rose-leaves that were gathered ere they fell, to make into a pot-pourri for some one who had no garden; the little bundles of lavender-flowers sent to strew the drawers of some town-dweller, or to burn in the chamber of some invalid. Things that many would despise, and actions which it seemed scarcely worth while to perform, were all attended to in Cranford." The striking publisher's binding, designed by Albert Angus Turbayne, includes his signature scarab monogram. The illustrations by Hugh Thomson, first produced for the 1891 edition, are here printed in color for the first time. A near-fine example of a handsome edition. Octavo, publisher's blue cloth elaborately decorated in gilt, all edges gilt. Illustrated with over one hundred sketches by Hugh Thomson, tinted in pink and blue; two pages of publisher's advertisements at rear. Ink presentation inscription on half-title. Lightest edgewear, spine slightly cocked.
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