CRANE, Walter (artist). Mother Hubbard's Picture Book [original artwork]. Circa 1896.
4to., original grey paper wrappers with cover design and lettering in white by Crane, the covers containing 3 loose quires, with integral blanks, comprising 4 examples of original text and artwork (one double-page) and including a pictorial title-page in red and back with Art Nouveau lettering, a pictorial initial, and a pictorial border by Crane; a double-page pictorial "Preface", again in black and red, consisting of a pictorial border heading, decorative initial, and 2 pictorial vignettes, signed by Crane in calligraphic style with accompanying monogram; and 2 full-page illustrations for Mother Hubbard in black line with integral hand-written text by Crane; in very good condition indeed with some small ink spots to fore-edge of upper wrapper, neat red chalked crosses on blank leaves, and some light foxing and marking.
Examples of Crane's original artwork for a reissue of his compilation toy book Mother Hubbard's Picture Book, Walter Crane's Picture Books Vol II. The published production which evolved from this artwork assembles three toy books in one volume: 'Mother Hubbard'; 'The Three Bears', and 'The Absurd A.B.C.'. It was first issued thus in 1896.