“CHARM, BEAUTY AND GENTLENESS”: KATE GREENAWAY’S ALMANACK FOR 1885
GREENAWAY, Kate. Almanack for 1885. London and New York: George Routledge and Sons, . 16mo, original gilt-stamped imitation white morocco, all edges gilt; pp. 24. $750.
First edition of the 1885 volume in Greenaway’s beloved Almanack Series.
“In the portrayal of childhood, no Victorian artist could combine charm, beauty and gentleness with such style as Kate Greenaway, the undisputed queen of nursery books” (Dalby, 26). In 1883 the first of Kate Greenaway’s diminutive almanacs for children was published. “Its gratifying success [especially in America] encouraged artist, printer Edmund Evans, and publisher George Routledge to embark on a regular yearly series” (Morgan Library 177). “Comprised of eight to ten pages, and measuring three inches by two inches, these miniature books featured some of her most accomplished work” (Dalby, 29). Schuster & Engen 5.3c.
Boards slightly soiled, gilt bright. A charming copy in very nearly fine condition.