1882 · London
The classic Victorian fable here in an attractive early edition, with Sir Noel Paton's original illustrations and additional decorations by Percival Skelton at the beginning of every chapter.
Provenance: Front fly-leaf with inked inscription: "Ivon Braby, from his affectionate father [/] Christmas 1884"; front free endpaper with Braby's bookplate. Contemporary crimson calf, covers framed in gilt roll, spine gilt extra with gilt-stamped leather title-label, board edges and turn-ins with gilt roll, rebacked with similar leather, preserving original spine; edges rubbed, spine leather with small chips. Plates and surrounding pages with spots of light foxing; frontispiece plate with outer edge lightly waterstained. A solid, very readable, and => pretty copy. (Inventory #: 36248)