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"Aunt Katty"
The Lazy Ladye by Aunt Katty Dedicated by Permission to her 30 Nephews and Nieces
Belgrave Square [London]: John Miland, 1851. First edition of this cautionary tale about an idle Victorian lady who has so little to do that every passing hour is a test of her endurance. Accompanied only by a lapdog and a staff of invisible servants, our heroine sleeps late, drifts from one well-appointed room to another, gazes into the fire, wanders the grounds, eats solitary meals, and finally gives up: "She tried to read but nothing she read, / So she took her lamp and went to bed." Every illustration is organized around a clock face, so young readers can mark the changes as the day lengthens: "Children Beware! Whilst time is yours, / And well employ its fleeting hours. / So every time the Clock goes round, / A wiser child may still be found." The detailed illustrations are early lithographs by Vincent Brooks, who would go on to form Vincent Brooks, Day & Son, the London firm responsible for illustrating Vanity Fair. This copy of The Lazy Ladye is from the library of Francis Wegg Prosser, founder of Belmont Abbey and MP for Herefordshire. OCLC locates three institutional holdings: the British Library, the Victoria & Albert Museum, and UCLA. A rare example of the darkly comic Victoriana that Edward Gorey devoted a whole career to parodying. Single volume, measuring 6 x 8.25: 28 leaves, printed on one side only. Original pale lavender lithographed paper boards. Title page and thirteen plates lithographed by Vincent Brooks, text lithographed on facing pages. Owner inscription to front free endpaper: "Wegg Prosser, Belmont, Hereford." Boards worn and stained, small chip to … [Click Below for Full Description]
Bookseller: Honey & Wax Booksellers [United States]
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