1912. Charles Folkard's Aesop's FablesEdition DeLuxe Limited to Two Hundred and Fifty CopiesTwelve Superb Color Plates and Numerous Black and White IllustrationsFOLKARD, Charles, illustrator. Aesop's Fables. London: Adam & Charles Black, . Edition de Luxe. Limited to 250 numbered copies, signed by the publisher (of which this is number 138). Quarto (10 x 7 1/2 inches; 253 x 191 mm.). xx, 209, [1, blank], [2, advertisements] pp. Twelve full-page tipped-in color plates, each one mounted on thick brown paper stock with descriptive tissue-guards. Numerous black and white illustrations throughout the text. Publisher's white cloth, front cover and spine pictorially decorated in color and lettered in gilt, top edge gilt, others uncut. Minimal soiling to covers, some light foxing to end-papers, otherwise a near fine copy.Charles James Folkard (1878-1963) was an English illustrator. He was born in Lewisham, South London and worked for a period of time as a conjuror after attending a show at the Egyptian Hall in London. His artistic talent became evident when he began designing his own programmes for his magic shows. He contributed humorous drawings to Little Folks and the Tatler, and received his breakthrough in 1910 when he entered the gift book market with The Swiss Family Robinson. In 1915, he created Teddy Tail, a popular cartoon character who ran in the Daily Mail newspapers for decades. In 1911, he created seventy-seven drawings and eight watercolor plates for Carlo Collodi's Pinocchio, a volume which remained the definitive edition and in print for decades. The Children's Shakespeare and Grimm's Fairy Tales were published the same year and represent his first work for the publishing firm of A & C Black. The partnership lasted twenty-seven years. His next works for the firm were Aesop's Fables (1912), The Arabian Nights (1913), and Ottoman Wonder Tales (1915), a work that evokes the style of Persian manuscripts.After World War I, Folkard continued to produce arrays of books for the firm of A. & C. Black including Mother Goose's Nursery Rhymes (1919), British Fairy and Folk Tales (1920), Songs from Alice in Wonderland and Through the Looking-Glass (1921), and The Magic Egg (1922). His masterpiece The Land of Nursery Rhyme (1932) was praised for its watercolor and gouache depictions of Old King Cole, The Queen of Hearts, and other nursery rhyme favorites.In his later years, he produced several volumes for the Children's Illustrated Classics series published by Dent including Roger Lancelyn Green's anthology The Book of Nonsense, by Many Authors (1956). The volume included his imaginative study A Nonsense Miscellany, a seaside scene that incorporated Baron Munchausen, Struwwelpeter, and a variety of characters from the works of Lewis Carroll and Edward Lear. (Inventory #: 03841)
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