[Flower Fairies Trilogy:] Flower Fairies of the Spring; Flower Fairies of the Summer; Flower Fairies of the Autumn, With the Nuts and Berries They Bring.London and Glasgow, Blackie and Son Limited, [c. 1940s] Stock Code: 137922
NotesA lovely set of the three Flower Fairies titles published in Barker's lifetime, signed by her on the title and half-title of Spring and Autumn respectively. Her first book, Flower Fairies of the Spring, was published in 1923, with the Summer and Autumn seasons following in 1925 and 1926. In 1985, twelve years after her death, the Flower Fairies of the Winter collection was published, compiled by the publisher from Barker's remaining work.
Whilst Barker "was a devotee of the Pre-Raphaelites, particularly Edward Burne-Jones, and her work owes a debt to Beatrix Potter and Kate Greenaway" she nevertheless introduced her distinct style to the world of children's illustrations and her books "remain very popular and have been collected in many anthologies" (ODNB).
3 volumes, duodecimo. Original grey patterned boards with colour pictorial onlay, blue pictorial endpapers. With the dust jackets.
Each volume with 24 colour plates, and black-and-white illustrated half-titles and frontispieces, all by the author.
Gently cocked, corners rubbed and a trifle bumped, boards of vols. 1 and 3 a little bowed, without marks of ownership. A near-fine, clean set, in the very good jackets, slight chipping and creasing to extremities, faint soiling, small stain to spine of vol. 1, else all bright and not price clipped.
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