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KING, Jessie M.

Budding Life.

A Book of Drawings.

Published: London: Gowans and Gray Ltd, 1906 & 1907

Stock code: 105013

Price: £1,750

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First edition, together with the third edition (a year after the first), inscribed by the author on the half-title (“Good Greeting to ‘Undine’ and her doctor-man, from Jessie M. King.”); and the deluxe issue, signed by the author on the title page. A lovely set of this fragile publication.

Set of 3 issues. First and third editions: 2 copies, octavo. Original plain cream wrappers, with the parchment dust jackets that have titles in black and colour illustrations to front panels. Deluxe issue: Quarto. Original grey Japanese vellum wrappers, titles black and colour illustration with metallic silver border to front cover. 15 black and white illustrations to each copy. First edition: wrappers browned with chip to centre of spine, illustrated front panel still bright, endleaves lightly foxed. Third edition: wrappers toned, 5.5 cm closed tear to front panel, short closed tear to foot of rear panel. Deluxe issue: Bookplate to front pastedown. Spine worn, minor loss to foot of spine, small chip to head of front panel, some shallow chips to extremities.

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