by RACKHAM, Arthur, illustrator | DULAC, Edmund | DETMOLD, E.J. | FLINT, William Russell, et al |
1914. first edition. With Illustrations byArthur Rackham, Edmund Dulac, Edward J. Detmold, William Russell Flint & Others[RACKHAM, Arthur. DULAC, Edmund. DETMOLD, E.J. FLINT, William Russell, et al, illustrators]. Princess Mary's Gift Book. All profits for sale are given to The Queen's "Work For Women" Fund which is acting in conjunction with The National Relief Fund. London: Hodder & Stoughton, n.d. . First edition. Quarto (9 5/8 x 7 1/4 inches; 245 x 185 mm). vi, 140 pp. Fourteen color plates tipped-in to captioned tan stock with brown line frame, many black and white text drawings. Publisher's pale yellow cloth, front cover decoratively stamped and lettered in black with border blocked in blind, spine decoratively lettered in black. Lower inner hinge slightly cracked, otherwise a near fine copy in the original printed tan dust jacket, a little chipped at extremities.A relatively common book, but uncommon in the original dust jacket.The fourteen tipped-in color plates include:"So nobody can quite explain Exactly where the rainbows end" (Arthur Rackham)"True Spartan Hearts" (Edmund Dulac)"The Ant Lion" (E.J. Detmold)"A Holiday in Bed" (W. Russell Flint)There are also many black & white drawings by C.E. Brock; E.J. Detmold; Arthur Rackham; Byam Shaw; H. M. Brock; Lewis Baumer and Edmund J. Sullivan,"This was the first of a group of wartime books sponsored by prominent people and sold to raise money for worthy causes. The most popular, it sold 604,884 copies during the two years, 1914-1916, that is was in print. The Times in an article November 21, 1914 sought to promote the cause, 'The Queen's Fund,' by directing the public to the display of the original drawings at the Leicester Galleries" (Hughey).Latimore and Haskell, p. 93. Riall, p. 120. Hughey 34. (Inventory #: 03920)
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