ELKINGTON, E. Way (text). Norman H. HARDY (illust.). The Savage South Seas. Adam & Charles Black, 1907.
8vo., original green decorative boards, lettered in gilt, with a gilt top edge; 68 colour-plate illustrations, captioned on the tissue guard, a pull-out map at the end of the volume; extremities a little rubbed, offestting to the end-papers as usual and scattered foxing to the prelims, nonetheless a very good copy.
First edition, one of 3000 copies. Of the 3000 sold over 2400 were sold to John Grant at a remainder price.
‘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)