Edition de Luxe, with Nineteen Color Plates by Walter Crane
CRANE, Walter. HAWTHORNE, Nathaniel. Wonder Book for Girls and Boys by Nathaniel Hawthorne. With sixty designs by Walter Crane. Boston: Houghton Mifflin & Company , 1893.
Edition de Luxe. Limited to 250 numbered copies on large paper, this being number 176. Quarto. x, 210 pp. With sixty designs by Walter Crane, including decorative head- and tail-pieces printed in colors and an added color title and nineteen color plates mounted on leaves of Japanese vellum ruled and captioned in gold. With tissue guards.

Original embossed parchment over boards. Front cover and spine decoratively lettered in gilt. Top edge gilt, others uncut. Decorative endpapers in gold and white. Minimal foxing. Otherwise a fine copy. In the original green linen dust wrapper decoratively stamped and lettered in gilt on front cover and spine and green linen slipcase.

“In October, 1891, Walter Crane left with his family for a tour through the United States, which proved productive of many works, in painting as well as in book-illustration. Thus a ‘Wonderbook for Boys and Girls’ was published first by Messrs. Houghton and Mifflin, the Riverside Press, and afterwards reissued in London by Messrs. Osgood and McIlvaine. The drawings for this book, which are done in bright colours and reproduced by lithography, were executed during a stay in Florida, ‘in a little timber house in the woods; the oleander in bloom, and the beautiful red bird of those regions flitting about, but—as a counterpoise to these attractions—a temperature of over eighty degrees!’ It is on occasions like this that the practice of drawing everything from memory is turned to good account—when the artist has to rely on his knowledge of form and of archæological detail, when he is far away from reference libraries and from the paraphernalia of his studio, when it is next to impossible to procure historical costumes or models. It is almost impossible to believe that such drawings as ‘Bellerphon slays the Chimæra,’ or ‘The Stranger (Hermes) appearing to Midas,’ or ‘Hercules and the Old Man of the Sea,’ were done under these adverse circumstances” (Konody, pp. 65-68).

Browne, p. 93. Clark A18.10.b. Massé, p. 44.

HBS # 67922 $1,000

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