Kate Greenaway

SPIELMANN, M.H. G.S. LAYARD. Kate Greenaway.

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SPIELMANN, M.H. G.S. LAYARD. Kate Greenaway. Adam & Charles Black, 1913.

8vo., blue boards printed in light blue, green and orange, rebacked with the original spine, which is lettered in gilt and printed in the same colour scheme; 52 colour-plate illustrations by Kate Greenaway, captioned on the tissue guards, 34 illustrations in black and white from photographs and line drawings and 56 thumbnails and other sketches throughout the text, [4] pp publishers advertisements at the end of the volume; the boards are quite heavily faded at the edges and the colour is completely worn off the rebacked spine, otherwise a very good internally bright copy; provenance: ex-library of the children's library pioneer Eileen Colwell with her ownership inscription in green ink on the ffep.
‘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)
Inman 33.