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Greenaway, Kate; [Jewett, Sarah Orne]
UNDER THE WINDOW
George Rutledge & Sons, London, 1878. First edition of the famous "designer picture book" (Brian Alderson) - with the ink ownership signature of American author Sarah Orne Jewett on the half title. UNDER THE WINDOW is best known as the book that made Greenaway famous, spring boarding her career to become one of the most influential women artists of the Golden Age of Illustration. Though very much a Victorian production, it was one of the first major successes of a modern approach to picture book design that would dominate the genre in the 20th century: weaving the text and image into a cohesive thematic whole. Greenaway's nostalgic and bucolic style even brought old fashions, like children's smocks, back into style.Sarah Orne Jewett was a published writer by the time of this book's publications, but she had not yet become well known (her most famous work, COUNTRY OF THE POINTED FIRST, was published in 1896). It is at once intriguing and unsurprising that one of the most influential writers in American regionalism would own a copy of this book, a celebration of the English countryside that would become a central characteristic of Greenaway's work. While copies of this first edition can still be found with some frequency, not so ones such as this, with provenance from the library of a major American author. 9.25'' x 7.25''. Original quarter dark blue-green cloth, green pictorial boards with large brown central pictorial vignette. Dark blue coated endpapers. Illustrated by Greenaway in color, engraved and printed by Edmund Evans. 64 pages. Ink owner signature, "Sarah. O. Jewet … [Click Below for Full Description]
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