Fairy Tales from the British Isles.
Retold. Illustrated by Pauline Diana Baynes.London & Glasgow: Blackie, 1960 Stock Code: 138071
Signed by the illustrator and with an amusing correction by herFirst edition, first impression, signed by the illustrator on the half-title and with an impish correction of the title from "Fairy", which she crossed out, to "Mouse Tales". Baynes (1922-2008) had already worked with Williams-Ellis on her previous publication, The Arabian Nights (1957). She had also very successfully illustrated several of J. R. R. Tolkien's works, starting with his Farmer Giles of Ham (1949) for which she had "created detailed and witty illustrations in the style of a medieval manuscript which delighted Tolkien, who later complimented Baynes on the illustrations by saying that she had 'reduced my text to a commentary on her drawings' (Daily Telegraph, 9 Aug 2008)" (ODNB).
Octavo. Original red cloth, titles in gilt to spine, pictorial design os sower and tree in gilt to front board, top edge red, colour pictorial endpapers. With dust jacket.
Colour frontispiece, 7 similar colour plates, and numerous black-and-white in-text illustrations by Baynes.
Spine ends a touch bumped, discreet white paint stain to foot of spine, else the binding bright and firm, light foxing to edges, otherwise clean and without marks or annotations. A very good copy indeed, in the very good jacket, laminate starting to lift along front joint, light toning, a few edge-splits, not price-clipped.
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