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GREENAWAY, Kate.

Collection of works.

1870-1930 Stock Code: 144492
£30,000.00
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A significant collection, including many rarities and inscribed copies

A significant collection of the illustrated books of Kate Greenaway, gathered by a private collector over many years and an assemblage which in scope and quality would now be difficult to equal, covering the full breadth of her career, and richly illustrating the extent and variety of her work.

The collection comprises four presentation copies inscribed by Greenaway, of which three have an original drawing, a further original Greenaway drawing in Spielmann and Layard's deluxe biography, seven books in original dust jackets (all prior to 1901 and consequently of great rarity), and 22 further titles, almost all first editions and in unusually nice condition, including a copy of Kate Greenaway's Album, of which only eight copies were printed.

Greenaway was one of the great illustrators of the Victorian era, in influence and popularity the most significant female illustrator of that period. Her style is immediately recognizable, and spawned many imitators. "In her idyllic and profoundly nostalgic depictions of vaguely eighteenth-century and slightly stilted children, Greenaway combined strong outlines and a keen ability to arrange and pattern space with the use of a palette of soft, silvery pastel colours" (ODNB).

Greenaway's widely popular illustrations did not simply reflect the era, they defined it. But more significantly, in a wide range of spheres she actively influenced the fashions of her day, in this regard perhaps uniquely among book illustrators. "It is often claimed by admirers that, during the 1860s and 1870s, Kate Greenaway dressed a generation of children; that her influence upon fashion was to ensnare such diverse personalities as Isidora Duncan, the German Kaiser as well as royal infants, each one dutifully outfitted in Kate Greenaway apparel. Such influence extended into the spheres of commercial printing, publishing, fine art porcelain, jewelry and haberdashery. On both sides of the Atlantic, the 'Greenaway vogue' as it was known, was launched at the appearance of Under the Window represented in this collection in a first edition in jacket, Kate Greenaway's first full-length illustrated book" (Schuster & Engen, p. 9).

The sheer extent of Greenaway publications - 574 items listed in the definitive catalogue raisonné of Schuster and Engen, most with multiple variants - ensures that a truly comprehensive collection is surely impossible. "That is the beauty of Kate Greenaway, nobody will ever have them all" (ibid., p. 7). This collection, as a single offering, is the most comprehensive we know to have come to market, and includes most of the key titles in a very desirable form, whether in a jacket, inscribed, or in fine condition.



Presentation copies and original drawings



1. Complete set (14 volumes) of Almanacks for 1883-1895 (none produced in 1896) and Almanack and Diary for 1897. Housed in blue half morocco solander box by Zaehnsdorf. Generally near-fine. First editions, various original binding variants. Schuster & Engen 3/1d, 4/2a, 5/3a, 6/4c, 7/5b, 8/6g, 9/7a, 10/8b, 11/9b, 12/10e, 13/11a, 14/12b, 15/13a and 16/14.

The Almanack and Diary for 1897 is a presentation copy, inscribed by the author "Mrs Miller from Kate Greenaway 1896" on the half-title, also with a tipped in slip "with love Kate Greenaway" to the front free endpaper. Schuster & Engen describe this as Greenaway's rarest almanack.



2. Almanack for 1892. London: George Routledge & Sons Limited, 1892. Original cream-coloured imitation morocco. Brown cloth solander box. First edition, seventh variant. Near-fine. Schuster & Engen 12/10e.

Presentation copy, inscribed by the author on the half-title "Mrs Sutton Nelthorpe from Kate Greenaway 1891", together with an original drawing.



3. Almanack and Diary for 1897. Original mustard coloured imitation morocco. Chemise and slipcase. Near-fine. First edition, first variant. Schuster & Engen 16/14a.

Presentation copy, inscribed on the half-title "Ethel Boyce from Kate Greenaway 1896", with original drawing. (The composer and pianist Ethel Boyce (1863-1936) had met Greenaway's brother whilst studying at the Royal Academy of Music. It is likely that the watercolour portrait of a lady in this copy was intended as her likeness).



4. Almanack and Diary for 1897. Original mustard coloured imitation morocco. Solander box. Near-fine. First edition, first variant binding. Schuster & Engen 16/14a.

Presentation copy, inscribed on the half-title "The Hon Miss Sutton Nelthorpe from Kate Greenaway 1896", with original drawing.



5. Spielmann, M.H. and G.S. Layard. Kate Greenaway. London: Adam and Charles Black, 1905. Original white buckram. Fine. Schuster & Engen 226.

Edition-de-luxe, out of series from 500 copies, this with an original pencil drawing as issued tipped-in before half-title, here depicting two children walking hand-in-hand.



Copies in jackets



6. Under the Window. London: George Routledge & Sons, 1878. Original green cloth-backed pictorial boards. With the dust jacket. Light foxing else fine, in very good (chipped) jacket. First edition, seventh variant (light blue endpapers). Schuster & Engen 201/1f.



7. Kate Greenaway's Birthday Book for Children. London: George Routledge and Sons, 1880. Original beige cloth. With the dust jacket. Housed in solander box. Fine in near-fine jacket. First edition. Schuster & Engen 39/1a.



8. A Day in a Child's Life. London: George Routledge and Sons, 1881. Original green cloth spine and glazed pictorial boards. With the dust jacket. Fine in very good (lightly chipped and spotted) jacket. First edition, first issue. Schuster & Engen 66/1a.



9. Little Ann and Other Poems. London: George Routledge & Sons, 1882. Original green half cloth and pictorial boards. With the dust jacket. Housed in custom chemise and slipcase. Fine in fine jacket. Schuster & Engen 109/1b (second variant).



10. Language of Flowers. London: George Routledge and Sons, 1884. Green glazed boards. With original dust jacket. Housed in custom cloth jacket, chemise and slipcase. Fine, near fine jacket. First edition. Schuster & Engen 107/1a.



11. The Queen of the Pirate Isle. London: Chatto and Windus, 1886. Original beige cloth. With the dust jacket. Fine in near-fine jacket (minor tears and chips). First edition, fifth variant with gilt edges but white rather than blue endpapers. Schuster & Engen 165/1e.



12. The April Baby's Book of Tunes. New York: The Macmillan Company, 1900. Original brown cloth. With the dust jacket. Fine in near-fine jacket. First US edition. Schuster & Engen 25/1c.



Further publications



13. Aunt Louisa's Nursery Favourite. London: Frederick Warne and Co., 1870. Original red cloth gilt. Very good, some restoration at extremities. First edition, second variant cloth. Schuster & Engen 30/1b.



14. Aunt Louisa's London Toy Books Diamonds and Toads. London: Frederick Warne & Co., 1871. Original wrappers, rebacked in yellow cloth. Custom yellow cloth case. Very good (somewhat soiled). First edition under this title and format. Schuster & Engen 30/1c.



15. Under the Window. London: George Routledge & Sons, 1878. Original green quarter cloth, pictorial boards. Fine. Schuster & Engen 201/1b (second variant).



16. Kate Greenaway's Birthday Book for Children. London: George Routledge and Sons, 1880. Original blue morocco. Near-fine (very light wear at extremities). Later edition, deluxe binding. Schuster & Engen 39/3d.



17. Kate Greenaway's Birthday Book for Children. London: George Routledge and Sons, 1880. Original brown cloth. Very good. First edition, brown cloth binding variant apparently not noted by the bibliographers. Schuster & Engen 39.



18. The Illustrated Children's Birthday Book. London: W. Mack, 1880. Original calf. Very good (rubbed at extremities). First edition, variant in limp brown calf. Schuster & Engen 99/1e.



19. Mother Goose or the Old Nursery Rhymes. London and New York: George Routledge and Sons, 1881. Original pale turquoise boards. Very good (hinges slightly split). First edition, first issue (with textual points), binding B of cloth boards. Schuster & Engen 140/1aa.



20. Flowers and Fancies. London: Marcus Ward & Co., 1882. Original green cloth. Very good (a little rubbed and soiled). Second edition, second variant. Schuster & Engen 81/1e.



21. Flowers and Fancies. London: Marcus Ward & Co., 1882. Original green cloth. Very good (sunned). Second edition, later variant (blue-green cloth, but this still has 1882 on title page. Schuster & Engen 81/2e.



22. Calendar for the Seasons 1882. London & Belfast, Marcus Ward & Co., 1882. Two sets, one sewn as booklet, second set with each season unsewn. Fine. Schuster & Engen 317.

Housed in a custom brown cloth chemise and half morocco box together with two sets of the Calendar of the Months, 1884. Schuster & Engen 322.



23. Language of Flowers. London: George Routledge and Sons, 1884. Original imitation white morocco (binding variant). Near-fine, very slight soiling and rubbing. First edition. Schuster & Engen 107/1f.



24. A Painting Book. London: George Routledge & Sons, 1884. Original orange cloth. Very good (light darkening). First edition, the bibliographers' tentative first issue. Schuster & Engen 149/1a.



25. Marigold Garden. London: George Routledge and Sons, 1885. Very good (light cockling and rubbing). First edition, second variant. Schuster & Engen 149/1b.



26. Kate Greenaway's Album. London: George Routledge and Sons, 1885. Original turquoise wrappers. Housed in green cloth chemise. Lightly rubbed; very good. First edition, second variant. Schuster & Engen 2/1b. Note one of only 8 copies printed, according to the bibliography.



27. The English Spelling-Book. London: George Routledge and Sons, 1885. Original printed boards. Spine lightly darkened. Near-fine. First edition. Schuster & Engen 71/1a.



28. Rhymes for the Young Folk. London, Paris, New York & Melbourne: Cassell & Company Limited, 1886. Red pictorial boards. Very good (extremities lightly worn). First edition. Schuster & Engen 169/1a.



29. Painting Book. London & New York: Frederick Warne & Co., c.1888. Original green pictorial firm wrappers. Fine. First edition. Schuster & Engen 201/1b (second variant).



30. Kate Greenaway's Painting Book. London & New York: Frederick Warne & Co., c. 1888?. Original green glazed pictorial boards. In glassine. Fine. First edition, second variant (62pp., frontispiece only coloured; this copy in binding matching that of first variant). Schuster & Engen 150/1b.



31. Kate Greenaway's Book of Games. London, Glasgow, Manchester & New York: George Routledge and Sons, 1889. Original mustard cloth. Near-fine (trivial soiling). First edition, in third binding variant of mustard cloth. Schuster & Engen 43/1c.



32. The Royal Progress of King Pepito. London, Brighton: Society for Promoting Christian Knowledge, 1889. Original beige pictorial boards. Near fine. First edition, first binding. Schuster & Engen 171/1a.



33. The April Baby's Book of Tunes. London: The Macmillan Company, 1900. Original brown cloth. Fine. First edition. Schuster & Engen 25/1a.



34. A Apple Pie. London: Frederick Warne and Co., 1935. Original green cloth-backed pictorial boards. Very good (minor soiling and rubbing). Later edition. Schuster & Engen 1/2a.

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Description

Together 50 publications, in 34 items, a few duplicated and some housed in boxes together; see note for full descriptions.

Condition

Bookplates to various volumes, see note for conditions.

Bibliography

Schuster & Engen, Printed Kate Greenaway: A Catalogue Raisonné, 1986.

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