First published in 1842, Robert Browning's poetic version of the legend about the lost children of Hamelin is sub-titled 'A Child's Story' and was originally intended only for the private enjoyment of Willie Macready, young son of the famous actor. Once in print, it became a perennial favourite with generations of children (and compilers of poetry ...
First published in 1842, Robert Browning's poetic version of the legend about the lost children of Hamelin is sub-titled 'A Child's Story' and was originally intended only for the private enjoyment of Willie Macready, young son of the famous actor. Once in print, it became a perennial favourite with generations of children (and compilers of poetry anthologies for children!) Kate Greenaway's illustrations, engraved by her regular printer Edmund Evans, were first published in 1888 and have become as popular as the poem itself, being considered by John Ruskin to be her finest work.
Good. First Edition Thus (1910 date on verso of title page with no additional printings stated). Quarto, 56 pp. Blue cloth with decorative stamping and label on front board. Cloth worn along spine ends and corners. Small ding to spine. Coin-sized stain on front cover. Name printed in pencil on ffep; bookplate on verso of front flyleaf. Pages remain clean and bright.
Good. No Jacket. Ex-Reference Library. 16mo-over 5¾"-6¾" tall. Green cloth boards have small dampstain on lower corner. Pages are clean, text has no markings, binding is sound. Library policy pastedown on feb, pocket removed from beb, no other library markings.
Illustrated by Jones, Harold. Brightly coloured semi-glazed pictorial boards 9.75 x 7". Colour illustrations. A little bumping to spine and wear to lower corners. Some writing erased from yellow front endpaper causing white marks. Contents otherwise very good. [R]
Illustrated by Le Cain, Errol. Very good in very good dust jacket. Large format 12 x 8.5". Glazed pictorial boards. Glorious colour illustrations. Light bumping to spine and lower corners. A couple of small bumps to cover edges. Contents clean. Dustwrapper is slightly edge worn with a few pinprick indentations to bottom of front panel. [R]
Good. No Jacket. Pictorial boards with maroon cloth spine, blue end-leaves, beautiful colored illustrations by Kate Greenaway. Heavy shelf-wear: corners/edges of boards bumped, cloth spine chipped. Hinges loose, signs of water damage to outer tail corner throughout book. Closed tear on flyleaf, light foxing throughout text. Previous owner's name on half-title page, but no other writing in the book. Full refund if not satisfied.
About 6 of the illustrations, probably due to previous damp, were at some time slightly stuck to their facing page; when separated they lost from about 2% to in one instance about 10% of their image; with darkening due to ink transfer on the opposing... Full faded pink cloth binding over boards. unpaginated. 9. 4 x 7. 1 in. (23, 7 x 18 cm. ).
Illustrated by Kate Greenaway. , lacking prelims, title page, pages 37-40 and 49-54, hinges slightly cracked but holding, cover rubbed around the edges, otherwise book in good condition. Hardback. 64 pages, colour illustrations in text, dark blue endpapers, see Schuster & Engen page 88. 26 x 23 cm.
Good. First American Edition illustrated by Arthur Rackham, but former NY Public Library book. No card pocket, but markings are present including embossments on two pages. Rackham illustrations remain very nice. Interior otherwise is good with some mild soiling and an occasional tear. Boards have wear at extremities but cover pastedown remains very attractive. Expedited and international shipping are welcome.
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