4to. London: Adam and Charles Black, 1905. 4to, xix, , 300, , [3, blank] pp. Color frontispiece and fifty-three color plates after Kate Greenaway, with descriptive tissue guards, and numerous black and white illustrations, including thirty-four halftone plates. Original white cloth over beveled boards with front cover and backstrip lettered in gilt and decoratively stamped in blind in a geometric and floral design. Top edge gilt. Color pictorial endpapers. Cloth with slight soiling as always, a very good copy. Edition de Luxe, #39 of an edition limited to 500 numbered copies signed twice by the artist’s brother, John Greenaway. All 500 copies of the Edition de Luxe have original Kate Greenaway artwork bound in. This copy has an original circular pencil sketch depicting a woman pulling a cart with two children in it. “Containing upwards of 80 full page illustrations, 53 of which are reproduced in facsimile from original watercolor drawings by Kate Greenaway. There are also numerous thumb nail sketches with pen and pencil throughout the text, many of them from letters to Ruskin. Few of the illustrations have ever been published before. The Edition de Luxe is limited to 500 copies … each copy being signed by Mr. John Greenaway and numbered. It contains the earliest impressions of the illustrations, and the letterpress is printed on handmade paper. Bound in white vellum cloth, gilt top.… Each of these copies contains an original pencil sketch by Kate Greenaway.” (Publisher’s Prospectus). Schuster & Engen 226. Thomson 400. (Inventory #: 108725)
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