two-tone tan cloth portfolio with large pictorial cover label, spine and flaps renewed, sides original
1881 · London:
by John R.Wise,
London: Henry Sotheran & Co., 1881. First edition, two-tone tan cloth portfolio with large pictorial cover label, spine and flaps renewed, sides original, 18 1/4 x 15 inches, 57 separate sheets composed of limitation sheet plus 56 sheets numbered I to LVI. Walter Crane did his drawings, layout and lettering in pencil and Goupil & Co. of Paris did the photo engraving and printing. The images measure 9 1/2 x 11 1/2 inches and are on mounts measuring 15 x 18 1/4 inches. The cover label is rubbed but legible. Some wear and darkening to the edges and margins of the mounts; foxing to limitation sheet and some faint darkening to the last sheet, all other engravings are clean and bright. Housed in a modern oak box. Dedicated to Charles Darwin by the author and artist. No. 163 of 300 sets of India paper proofs edition. Signed by Crane on limitation page.
(Inventory #: WAS40849A)