London and New York : George Routledge & Sons, 1881 First Edition, in the first issue binding of this A beautifully illustrated book of children's songs. Engraved and printed - in full color - by Edmund Evans from illustrations by Greenaway. Evans is considered the master of British color printed books of the late nineteenth century. Music by Myles B. Foster for 9 songs. Covers blocked with 5 dark green and 4 thick yellow rules and 4 sunflowers. Light green beveled covers with slightly darker green pebble cloth spine.Dark green text block edges. Medium green end papers. Condition: Covers are clean with some wear to corners of cover and spine ends. Binding is intact but front hinge is soft with a split starting one inch from the bottom. Cover is in a mylar dust jacket. *** Catherine Greenaway (1846 - 1901), known as Kate Greenaway, was an English children's book illustrator and writer. The children Greenaway drew for her books, all of them small children too young to wear pants, as were the conventions at the time, they are pictured in her designs of late eighteenth century fashion: skeleton suits and smock-frocks for the young boys and dresses with mob caps and high-waisted pinafores and straw bonnets for the little girls. Schuster & Egan #66. (Inventory #: 004695)
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