Inscribed by Walter Crane to His Son's Fiancée, Girlie Sandys, with Six Original Pen-and-Ink Drawings

    [Walter Crane, illustrator]. Alfred C. Calmour. Rumbo Rhymes; or The Great Combine: A Satire. Rendered into Pictures by Walter Crane. London: Harper & Brothers, 1911. First edition. Presentation copy, inscribed by the artist on page [1]: "Girlie Sandys / from Walter Crane / [drawing of a bunny] [Crane's stork monogram]." With six original signed pen-and-ink drawings bound in on linen hinges. Octavo. 99, [1], [2, blank], [1, printer's imprint] pages. Double-page color title and twenty-two color plates (included in pagination). Black and white text illustrations. Printed on coated paper. Original quarter green cloth over pale green cloth boards with front cover pictorially stamped in dark green and red, and lettered in red and spine decoratively stamped and lettered in red. Pale green pictorial endpapers. A near fine copy of the book, with the original drawings in superb condition. With Walter Crane's large bookplate of a stork over a jug of wine and a loaf of bread, followed by a verse from the Rubàiyàt on front pastedown.

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    Laid in is a typed invoice, dated September 30, 1927, to "Miss N.P. Carter" for the purchase of this book and for a copy of Masque of Days, from the Boston firm of Charles E. Lauriat Co. Housed in a quarter dark green morocco clamshell case by Root & Son (stamp-signed in gilt). The original pen-and-ink drawings are for the black and white illustrations on pp. 33, 56, 57, 80, 81, and 95. All are signed with the artist's monogram, and each faces the text page on which the printed illustration appears. This copy was the one Crane gave to Gertrude Sandys, when the young lady was engaged to his son Lionel Crane. We cannot explain the significance of the small drawing of the bunny beside the artist's monogram (it is probably some personal joke between Miss Sandys and the artist). Gertrude, or "Girlie", as she was nicknamed by her family, was the youngest of nine children of artist Frederick Sandys (1829-1904) and the actress Mary Jones. Gertrude was the sitter for Sandys's 1902 drawing "The Laurel Wreath". Gertrude later married Walter Crane's eldest son, Lionel. Massé, p. 59.

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