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    An Excellent Collection of Kate Greenaway Material, Including a Presentation Copy and an Autograph Letter Signed

    Kate Greenaway. Collection. Including: Jane and Ann Taylor. Little Ann and Other Poems. Illustrated by Kate Greenaway. London: George Routledge and Sons, [n.d., 1882]. First edition. Presentation copy, inscribed by Greenaway on page [1]: "Mrs. H. J. Veitch/From/Kate Greenaway/1893." Octavo. 64 pages. Publisher's pictorial paper boards. Some minor wear to binding and a few small chips, gutter facing page [1] cracking (the signed page does not appear to have been inserted). Later glassine. Still, a very good copy. Housed in a quarter red morocco, gilt, clamshell case. [Together With:] Kate Greenaway. Autograph Letter Signed. Hampstead, 1st October 1893. Two twelvemo pages on one folded octavo leaf. Leaf size approximately 6.25 x 8 inches. Some toning, one horizontal crease in addition to the vertical fold. Near fine. With original mailing envelope. "Dear Lady Maria Ponsonby[,] You are so kind- I know I shall have a restful time with You - I always do - I have waited for my friend to arrange Her Plans - and I feel now I will not wait any longer - so will if it suits you - go to you on next Thursday 5th - for a week if I may[.] I wish I had been able to go away First - for it does not seem Fair to inflict upon so you a tired Person - Fortunately I do Feel better now it is Cooler. So I trust I may not be quite as dreadful as I felt I was a short time ago - I am glad I shall see the Children - it feels really the end of the Summer now - as I suppose it ought to - but we have got so used to Fine weather it seems Hard to Part with it - [.] If next Thursday does not suit you Please fix any day that does for I can leave any day after Wednesday. I shall delight in the Expeditions - I think I have only explored two new Places all this Summer. I so look forward to coming - I always enjoy it so much. - I do feel you are so kind to let me come[.] Yours Sincerely/Kate Greenaway". [Together With:] Kate Greenaway. Marigold Garden. Pictures and Rhymes by Kate Greenaway. London: Frederick Warne & Co., Ltd, [n.d., ca. 1886]. First edition. Octavo. 56 pages. Publisher's pictorial paper boards. Spine a bit sunned and rubbed, bookseller's ticket. A fine copy. Housed in chemise and full red morocco, gilt slipcase.
    Lady Maria Ponsonby was a good friend and frequent correspondent with Greenaway, often inviting Greenaway to visit. She and her husband Gerald helped Greenaway's career, even commissioning her to do portraits of their children in 1891.

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