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    Edition de Luxe, with an Original Pencil Sketch by Kate Greenaway

    [Kate Greenaway]. M. H. Spielmann, and G. S. Layard. Kate Greenaway. London: Adam and Charles Black, 1905.

    Edition de Luxe. Limited to 500 numbered copies, signed by the artist's brother, John Greenaway. This copy is No. 114 and contains an original pencil sketch by Kate Greenaway, authenticated and signed by John Greenaway on the mount. The original drawing in this copy depicts two young girls wearing hats, coats, and muffs. Large quarto (10.5 x 8.0625 inches; 267 x 205 mm.). xix, [1], 300, [1], [3, blank] pp. Fifty-three color plates (including frontispiece and color pictorial endpapers) after Greenaway, with descriptive tissue guards, and numerous black and white illustrations, including facsimiles and twenty-four half-tone plates.

    Original white cloth over bevelled boards with front cover and spine decoratively stamped in blind and decoratively stamped and lettered in gilt. Top edge gilt. Color pictorial endpapers ("Miniature fac-simile of the Nursery Wall Paper reproduced with Kate Greenaway's special and exclusive permission by David Walker, Esq., Manchester, who owns the Original Drawings"). Minor rubbing to extremities, top edge of front and rear boards lightly bumped, some soiling to cloth, gilt on spine faded. Front hinge starting, small split to rear pastedown near hinge. Slight soiling and foxing to fore-edge and lower edge of text block, frontispiece soiled and creased at fore-edge and lower edge, minor foxing to some tissue guards. A very attractive copy.

    "Containing upwards of 80 full page illustrations, 53 of which are reproduced in facsimile from original water-colour drawings by Kate Greenaway. There are also numerous thumb nail sketches with pen and pencil throughout the text, many of them from letters to Ruskin. Few of the illustrations have ever been published before. The Edition de Luxe is limited to 500 copies...each copy being signed by Mr. John Greenaway and numbered. It contains the earliest impressions of the illustrations, and the letterpress is printed on hand-made paper. Bound in white vellum cloth, gilt top...Each of these copies contains an original pencil sketch by Kate Greenaway" (Publisher's Prospectus).

    Schuster & Engen 226 (1a). Thomson 400.


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