ONE OF ONLY 500 SIGNED COPIES
ALLINGHAM, Helen (illustrator). Stewart DICK (author). The Cottage Homes of England. London, Edward Arnold. 1909.
4to. Original white cloth decorated in gilt to spine and upper cover, top edge gilt, others uncut, largely unopened; pp. xvi + 287; 64 fine mounted coloured plates after watercolours by Helen Allingham set behind tissue-guards, largely depicting picturesque thatched cottages in Victorian rural scenes; a remarkably bright and fresh copy, both externally and internally, with all plates and tissues fine, without inscription.
First edition de luxe, limited to only 500 numbered copies signed by Allingham. The scope of this artist lay in cottage and rural life although, interestingly, an early success came with a commission to provide twelve illustrations for the serialised first edition of Thomas Hardy's fourth novel Far From The Madding Crowd in The Cornhill Magazine, 1874.