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    The Most Important Work Illustrated by Walter Crane, One of 1,000 Copies Printed on Handmade Paper

    Walter Crane [illustrator]. Edmund Spenser. Spenser's Faerie Queene: A Poem in Six Books with the Fragment Mutabilitie. Thomas J. Wise [editor]. London: George Allen, 1897.

    First thus, limited to 1000 copies. Six quarto volumes. 1546 pages. Continuous pagination.

    Publisher's full cream cloth with stamping in gilt and red. Top edge gilt with remaining edges uncut. Mild rubbing with light soiling. Foxing to endpapers with minimal scattered foxing throughout. Toning to page edges. Some volumes with cracked hinges. A beautiful, very good set.

    "The most important work in the whole long list of books illustrated by Walter Crane...If Crane's claim to greatness were based entirely on this work, he would still retain his position in the front rank of nineteenth-century artists. The wealth of ideas and forms, real and fantastic, which are embodied in the actual illustrations, and even more in the marvellous decorative border designs, is almost incredible! Besides the numberless presentments of the human figure in all its manly vigour and womanly grace, the whole range of nature's forms, of animal and plant life, of fabulous, mythological inventions, of allegorical personifications, are worked into decorative designs of exquisite beauty. It would be petty, nay foolish, to try to find fault with certain very obvious shortcomings as regards anatomical drawing in a work which does not only stand unique as pure decoration, but speaks of an amount of knowledge and a wealth of imagination that command unrestricted admiration and respect" (Konody, p. 71). From the Estate of John McLaughlin.


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