[A. & C. BLACK SHILLING SERIES] THOMAS, Edward (author). Robert FOWLER (illustrator). Beautiful Wales. London; Adam & Charles Black, 1905.
Large 8vo. Publisher's forest green cloth handsomely panelled and decorated in Art Nouveau style in olive green, rose, and red to spine and upper board, lettered gilt, top edges gilt, others untrimmed; pp. xi + 213 + [iv], publisher's adverts.; with a total of 74 coloured plates after watercolours by Robert Fowler, printed by collotype and all guarded by captioned tissues; a bright, fresh and externally near fine copy with only mild bruising to spine ends, internally clean throughout save some of the usual spotting and browning to endpapers at front and rear.
First edition, and thus one of only 3,200 copies printed, with a note on Fowler's landscapes by Alex. J. Finberg.
‘A & C Black’s Twenty Shilling series of colour plate books, published from 1901 onwards, brought the world into the home at a time when travel, especially overseas, was much more difficult than it is today. For the first time books containing large numbers of colour plates – up to 100 per volume – were made available to the public at an affordable price.’ (Inman)