HARDIE, Martin. John Pettie. Adam & Charles Black, 1908.
8vo., original brown cloth with a palette and laurel wreath design blocked in gilt and printed in green and pink on the front and spine, letters blocked in gilt, with a gilt top edge; 50 colour-plate illustrations by Pettie, captioned on the tissue guards, 8 small illustrations in black and white; boards a little rubbed and marked on the lower panel, offsetting to end-papers as usual, some very minor scattered foxing throughout, otherwise a very good copy with nice, clean, plates.
First edition. 3000 copies. This brown cloth is a variant to the usual binding which is olive green. No reprint has been recorded so it is assumed that both varients were from the first printing.
‘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)