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    Kate Greenaway. Complete Set of Miniature Almanacks 1883-[1895] in British and French Editions. Paris: Librarie Hachette Et Cie, [1883, 1887, 1888-1895] and London: George Routledge and Sons, [1884-1886]. First editions. All volumes twentyfourmo. Unpaginated. Numerous wood-engraved illustrations after Greenaway, printed in color by Edmund Evans. Original bindings of glazed pictorial boards with cloth spines, with the exception of 1884 which is in illustrated wrappers. All housed in a custom three-quarter leather clamshell case with gilt spine titles. A beautifully preserved set free of any internal markings. Some bindings show minor rubbing, abrading, and browning. Small previous bookshop's plate in the 1885 volume. The clamshell case is almost separated along the front hinge. Otherwise, a fine collection of gorgeous miniature books from one of the great children's illustrators. [together with:] Kate Greenaway's Almanack & Diary for 1897. London: J. M. Dent & Co., 1897. First edition. Twentyfourmo. Imitation morocco binding. Top edge gilt. Minor rubbing to boards, else fine.

    A complete set of combined first British and French editions of Kate Greenaway Almanacks. Together fourteen volumes, thirteen twentyfourmo volumes (the Almanack for 1887 being oblong twentyfourmo). No Almanack for 1896 was published.

    "The beginning of 1883 had seen the publication of Kate Greenaway's first Almanack. Published at one shilling by George Routledge & Sons, and of course engraved and printed in colours by Mr. Edmund Evans, it achieved an enormous success, some 90,000 copies being sold in England, America, France, and Germany. It was succeeded by an almanack every year (with but one exception, 1896) until 1897, the last being published by Mr. Dent. The illustrations were printed on sheets with blank spaces for the letterpress, in which English, French, or German was inserted as the market demanded" (Spielmann and Layard (1905), p. 122).

    More Information: "Among the nineteenth-century illustrators of children's books none is more familiar than Kate Greenaway. Her images of idyllic pastoral scenes-in which boys and girls frolic and romp-are untouched by time. They appeal as much to the twentieth-century eye as they did to the Victorian readers of the 1870s, as charming to the English sensibilities as to the French, American, German, Belgian, or Dutch. The bucolic world presented by Kate Greenaway is infinite, remote from the distressing upheavals of a rapidly industrializing society or by the ravages of war" (Susan E. Meyer, A Treasury of the Great Children's Book Illustrators, p. 109).

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