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Aunt Carry's Ballads For Children: Adventures of a Wood Sprite; The Story of Blanche and Brutikin.
Small 4to. Original forest green finely ribbed cloth prettily panelled in blind to both covers, and lettered in gilt to upper board, all edges gilt; pp. [iv], 5-53; with a total of 8 fine handcoloured lithographs, 4 of which have the charming original watercolours by John Absolon expertly laid down on paper and tipped-in alongside, 2 with accompanying tipped-in manuscript captions; a unique copy, from the library of L.G.E. Bell, with his tiny booklabel to front pastedown; externally very clean and sound with one small splash mark to centre of upper board and slight rubbing to bottom fore-corner of the same; internally, also, remarkably good, with a little light toning to stock and pale foxing to verso of a couple of plates. First edition. The four original watercolour illustrations for "The Story of Blanche and Brutikin" provide a telling contrast to the images in the engraved state and convey an energy and depth of emotional expression which is tempered in the printed version. The lithographs also include a considerable number of changes to the detail of the original artwork. John Absolon (1815-1895) was born in Lambeth. He studied under an Italian, Ferrigi, and began work as a portrait painter before being apprenticed to Grieve, the theatrical scene-painter. He went on to paint miniatures before turning his hand to children's book illustration: a genre in which he saw the most success. Caroline Elizabeth Sarah Norton (1808-77) was the granddaughter of Irish playwright Thomas Sheridan and a famous society beauty, author and hostess. Her acrimonious estrangement from her bullying husband George Chapple Norton, who accused her of having an affair with the then Prime Minister Lord Melbourne, brought her even further into the public eye and steered her towards involvement in social reform. She was an early campaigner for rights for married and divorced women, especially with respect to custody of their children.
      [Bookseller: Henry Southern Ltd.]
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