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(CRUIKSHANK, George.)
Fairy Library.
London: David Bogue; & Routledge, Warne, and Routledge, [1853-54]. London: David Bogue; & Routledge, Warne, and Routledge,, [1853-54]. Rare complete set of Cruikshank's Fairy Library in the original wrappers 4 volumes, small quarto. Original blue printed wrappers, titles and pictorial designs printed in black to front wrappers. Housed in custom late 19th-/early 20th-century red morocco case with titles in gilt direct to spine. Each with etched frontispiece and 5 similar plates by Cruikshank, publisher's advertisements to rear wrappers. Extremities somewhat darkened and rubbed, Puss in Boots: some wear and chipping to spine, edges a little creased; Jack & the Bean-Stalk: endpapers renewed, else remarkably well-preserved and without ownership marks. A very good set indeed. A lovely set of first editions, in the original wrappers, with the following issue points: 1. Hop-O'My-Thumb with two out of three points: with the rear wrapper reading "Preparing for Publication", and the rear free endpaper pasted to rear wrapper. 2. The History of Jack & the Bean-Stalk with two of the five points: the "Jack climbing the Bean-Stalk" frontispiece, and the plates on white paper. 3. Cinderella and the Glass Slipper with two of the three points: the plate list after the printed title, and the rear wrapper with "I. Hop o' My Thumb... II. Jack and the Beanstalk". 4. Puss in Boots with two of the four points: no front fly-leaf, and no plate list. Although Cruikshank's illustrations for the first English translation of Grimm's Fairy Tales received a great deal of praise, this foray into the … [Click Below for Full Description]
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