From the Collection of the Bros: Grimm: Translated from the German by Lucy Crane; and done into Pictures by Walter Crane.London: Macmillan & Co, 1882 Stock Code: 137499
First Crane edition, large paper issue, one of 250 copies only, which "sold out on publication. It is perhaps the best of Crane's more ambitious works. The book is a triumph in his characteristic mode of decoration, yet its designs, even the headpieces and initial letters, remain true illustrations" (Ray).
Provenance: engraved pictorial bookplate of Arthur Guthrie, after Henry Ospovat (1877-1909), depicting two angels, dated 1898, and captioned "Musique and Sweet Poetrie Agree as They Must Needes". Ospovat was a young Russian artist residing in London. "He has done some superb decorative work for the sonnets and poems of Shakespeare published by John Lane. His book-plates are precious bits of decoration worthy the adoration of all lovers of the beautiful" (Stone).
Large octavo. Original dark blue cloth, titles in gilt to spine, frames blocked in gilt to front board and blind to rear board, untrimmed.
Tissue-guarded wood-engraved frontispiece and title page, 10 wood-engraved plates, numerous head- and tailpieces, and historiated opening initials, all after Walter Crane.
Cocked, spine ends and lower corner of front board gently bumped, rubbed, light toning and foxing to first and last few leaves, else a very good, clean and wide-margined copy.
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