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Crane, Walter
THE FIRST OF MAY: A FAIRY MASQUE
London: Henry Sotheran & Co, 1881. English issue. Very good plus. Signed limited first edition, one of only 300 numbered India Proof copies signed by Crane, this copy beautifully rebound using elements of the original folder. Originally published in portfolio format, this unusual fairy play is told via 57 mounted folio sheets of photogravures replicating Crane's handwritten text alongside his drawings of elves, frogs, flowers, and more. Isobel Spencer notes that much of the art was done during a series of visits to Sherwood Forest. A lovely and rare Crane work. 15'' x 12.75''. Rebound in tan cloth boards with brown cloth elements from original folder laid down (gilt-stamped title labels and spine). Printed marbled patterned endpapers. Comprised of 57 original mounted folio sheets of photogravure plates (mounts trimmed for binding).
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