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The Cricket on the Hearth
London: J.M. Dent & Co. 1906 - London: J.M. Dent & Co., 1906. The Cricket on the Hearth, A Fairy Tale of Home (as per half title) by Charles Dickens, With Illustrations by Charles Brock. Later edition with the C.E. Brock illustrations. Small octavo (7 x 4 ½ inches; 182 x 125 mm – external dimensions). viii, 171pp. Eight full-page colour plates and nine black and white drawings in the text. Bound by Cedric Chivers of Bath (gilt-signed to the rear paste down), full cream vellum, top-edge gilt. Full decorated vellum, 7 inches tall. A superb example of a Hand Painted Vellucent binding by CEDRIC CHIVERS of Bath. The vellum is decorated with gilt and original hand painted watercolour designs with mother of pearl onlays to the front board and spine. Dentelles and gilt top edge. The charming tale by Charles Dickens is embellished with 8 colour illustrations by C.E. Brock. A near fine copy. C[harles]. E[dmund]. Brock (1870-1938) was a widely published English line artist and book illustrator who earned his first book commission at age twenty. He became a very successful illustrator, best known for his line work, initially in the tradition of Hugh Thomson, but he was also a skilled colourist. Brock's work varied with the sort of story he was illustrating, some of it refined and described as "sensitive to the delicate, teacup-and-saucer primness and feminine outlook of the early Victorian novelists," while other work was "appreciative of the healthy, boisterous, thoroughly English characters," i.e. soldiers, rustics, and "horsey types." Other illustrations were grotesquerys drawn to amuse children looking at or reading storybooks.   Condition Report Externally Spine – very good condition. Joints – very good condition. Corners – very good condition. Boards – very good condition – some minor marks and age. Page edges – good condition – top edge gilt. See above and photos. Internally Hinges – very good condition – solid. Paste downs – very good condition – vellum, gilt decorated by Chivers, some age toning and staining. End papers – good condition – marbled, foxed. Title – good condition – foxing. Pages – good condition – some foxing and marks. Binding – good condition – extremely attractive, slightly cocked. See photos Publisher: see above. Publication Date: 1906 Binding: Hardback [Attributes: Hard Cover]
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