(London and New York: Macmillan and Co., 1894). 260 x 178 mm. (10 1/4 x 7"). xxxi, , 163 pp. ONE OF 152 LARGE PAPER COPIES.
Attractive early 20th century full olive-brown crushed morocco by Zaehnsdorf (stamp-signed on front turn-in and with oval blind-stamp on rear pastedown), raised bands, compartments gilt ruled or with gilt lettering, gilt turn-ins, dark teal silk endleaves, ENTIRELY UNOPENED. Decorative initials, headpieces, tailpieces, illustrated titles, frontispiece, and 74 illustrations (71 full-page) from engravings by Hugh Thomson. Spine uniformly darkened to brown, top edge of covers just slightly darkened, a few small nicks along edges, but still a very handsome binding with no major flaws; occasional light offsetting, light crease to final page, but a bright, clean copy, clearly very little used.
This is a finely bound, large paper copy of a charming collection of popular English verse, accompanied by a bevy of illustrations by the prolific Irish artist Hugh Thomson. Best known for his spritely pen and ink drawings, Thomson (1860-1920) also provided illustrations for memorable editions of works by Shakespeare, Austen, Dickens, and Gaskell, capturing the imagination and spirit of the waning Victorian age with his delicate work. The present book contains a curated selection of minstrel and pastoral verse from the 17th-19th centuries, including excerpts from Walton's "Complete Angler." (ST13599-21)
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