The End of Elfintown.London: Macmillan & Co., 1894 Stock Code: 135808
First edition of this interesting contribution to Victorian fairy literature by Irish-born poet and writer Jane Barlow (1857-1917).
It is exquisitely illustrated in a Pre-Raphaelite style by Laurence Housman (1865-1959), who also designed the art nouveau cover. Barlow was close friends with fellow Irish poets Katherine Tynan and William Butler Yeats, and was one of the first women to receive an academic distinction from the University of Dublin.
Octavo. Original yellow-brown cloth, titles in gilt to spine and boards, gilt pictorial design by Housman of tentacles and waves to boards, gilt edges.
With 9 full-page illustrations by Laurence Housman, including tissue-guarded title page, and in-text illustrations.
Contemporary ink ownership inscription to front free endpaper. Binding somewhat darkened, minimal wear to corners, front hinge starting but firm, foxing to endpapers and adjoining pages; a remarkably well preserved copy.
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