FOLKARD, Charles (illustrator). Thomas INGOLDSBY. The Jackdaw of Rheims. London: Gay & Hancock 1913.
Folio; 35 x 26cm; publisher's full white vellum over bevelled boards, lettered in gilt and blue, with decorative device to the upper cover, top edges gilt, others untrimmed; with 12 tipped-in coloured plates on a monkish theme by Charles Folkard on heavy stock and additional black-and-white drawings in the text; printed on quality paper in London by Geo. Jones at The Sign of the Dolphin; a good, sound copy of a scarce book with overall dust-soiling and rubbing, some abrasion to edges of boards, light scratching to the covers, endpapers browned, and a few marks; internally generally very clean with occasional thumbing, all plates fine.
First edition de luxe limited to only 100 copies signed by the illustrator, of which this is number 28. A culturally important humorous poem about a thieving bird who steals a Cardinal's ring and is made a saint.