The Christmas Book of Carols and Songs.
With twelve coloured plates by Alan Wright and Vernon Stokes.London, George Routledge & Sons; E. P. Dutton & Co., New York,  Stock Code: 137274
NotesFirst edition of this attractive Christmas gift book. This illustrated collection of Christmas music was published as part of the Routledge's Photogravure and Colour Series and "made itself special by its thick, imitation-vellum pages and a typeface similar to Morris' Golden" (Gertzman, p. 77). This collection predominantly features the work of poet Robert Herrick (1591-1674), and also includes poems by Walter Scott ("Christmas in the Olden Time", p. 11) and William Morris ("Masters, in the Hall", p. 81). The illustrators, Alan Wright (1864-1959) and George Vernon Stokes (1873-1954), collaborated on a number of such children's gift books.
Octavo. Original red cloth, spine lettered in gilt, titles and illustrative vignette to front cover in gilt, decorative frame to spine and front cover in green, top edge gilt.
Title page printed in red and black. Text printed on japon. Colour frontispiece and 11 colour plates with tissue guards.
Minor rubbing to extremities, the binding firm and square, pale offsetting to endpapers; a bright, near-fine copy.
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