DELUXE LIMITED FIRST EDITION, WITH AN ORIGINAL GREENAWAY SKETCH
SPIELMANN, M.H. and LAYARD, G.S. Kate Greenaway. London: Adam and Charles Black, 1905. Quarto, original blind- and gilt-stamped cream cloth, beveled edges, pictorial endpapers, top edge gilt. $2700.
Deluxe signed limited first edition, number 50 of 500 copies twice signed by the artist's brother John Greenaway and with an original matted sketch by Kate Greenaway.
"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). This volume stands as the definitive work on Greenaway: it includes an extensive biography and complete bibliography of works illustrated wholly or in part by her; and it is illustrated with 52 full page color illustrations, 34 full page black and white illustrations, 56 text illustrations and pictorial endpapers featuring a full color reproduction of Greenaway's Nursery Wallpaper. Without scarce original dust jacket.
Scattered faint foxing and finger-smudging including to original sketch, light soiling to original cloth and rubbing to corners. A near-fine copy.