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    A Wonderful Collection of Eighteen Delightful Kate Greenaway Almanacks

    Kate Greenaway, illustrator. Almanacks for 1883-1895; & Diary for 1897; 1924-1926; 1929. London: George Routledge and Sons; J.M Dent & Co.; Frederic Warne &Co., 1883-1929.

    First editions. Together eighteen volumes, twentyfourmo and twelvemo. No Almanack for 1896 was published. Numerous wood-engraved text illustrations after Greenaway printed in color by Edmund Evans.

    Original bindings of glazed pictorial boards with cloth spines, glazed pictorial wrappers, imitation morocco boards, imitation morocco wrappers, or cloth boards. Seven Almanacks with the original printed mailing wrappers. One with a previous owner's gift inscription, another with a small bookplate. Overall, an excellent set of these charming little books. Housed together in a custom chemise and morocco book-back slipcase, lettered in gilt on the spine.

    "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. There are various little conceits about these charming productions which are calculated to appeal to the Å’licquorish chapman of such wares'; so that complete sets of them already fetch respectable sums from the collectors of beautiful books, especially when they have not been divested of the paper envelopes or wrappers in which they were originally issued." (Spielmann and Layard (1905), page 122).

    Schuster & Engen 3-16. Thomson 47-61. cf. Meacham collection 7-54.


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