A Song of the English.
Illustrated by W. Heath Robinson.London: Hodder & Stoughton, [c.1915] Stock Code: 139898
A handsome copy of Kipling's classic, with Robinson's superb illustrations. "This poem originally appeared in The English Illustrated Magazine, May, 1893, prior to its inclusion in The Seven Seas" (Livingston, p. 74), three years later, from which this edition is reprinted.
Quarto (239 x 173 mm). Contemporary dark blue calf, titles in gilt to red morocco spine label, decorative tooling in gilt to compartments, foliate roll in gilt to boards, "Witwatersrand Council of Education" medallion blocked in gilt to front board, turn-ins tooled in blind, marbled endpapers and edges.
16 mounted colour plates and numerous in-text illustrations by W. Heath Robinson.
Bookseller's ticket (James Dall & Co., Johannesburg) to front pastedwon, and prize bookplate of Witwatersrand school, dated 1922 and awarding the book to one Muriel Nevin; later bookplate (M. Schultz) to verso of front free endpaper. A couple of dents to rear board, light damp staining to fore-edges of boards and adjoining leaves, front hinge cracked but firm, very occasional faint foxing, otherwise internally clean and untoned; still an attractive copy.
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