CRANE, WALTER. CRANE,WALTER. THE FIRST OF MAY: A FAIRY MASQUE. London: Henry Sotheran 1881. Oblong folio (15 1/4 x 13 1/4"), argins trimmed and attractively rebound in cloth with cloth label and decorations from the original folder laid down, marbled endpaper, VG+. LIMITED TO ONLY 300 NUMBERED INDIA PROOF COPIES SIGNED BY CRANE (this is number 180). This is a fairy play dedicated to Charles Darwin consisting of 57 mounted folio sheets, each with delicate and intricate photogravures of elves, frogs, flowers and more. The handwritten text is in play format. Spencer notes that much of the art was done during a series of visits to Sherwood Forest (p.82). A lovely and rare Crane work.
(Inventory #: 37866)
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