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How They Went To School [Illustrated by the author]. OUTSTANDING COPY IN SOLANDER CASE
Blackie and Son, n.d. [1918?] 1918 Oblong 8vo., [Second Edition?], with a fine coloured frontispiece, 23 charming coloured plates and pictorial endpapers in blue, child's pencilled inscription on blank preliminary recto; original paper boards, coloured illustration (repeated as first plate) mounted on upper board) skilfully rebacked in green cloth to style, boards very lightly frayed without significant loss, an outstanding, virtually spotless copy housed in custom-made green cloth solander case with back lettered in gilt. Arguably the finest work for children written and illustrated by Praeger. It was first published by Blackie in 1903 (see BL 12812.a.1) with a second printing in 1918 (BL 12802.aa.11). There was apparently a later US edition published by Stokes in New York. The fact that this copy is published in Blackie's 'Tiny Tots' series inclines us to the view that this is the work's second appearance (1918). Sophia Rosamund [not 'Rosamond' as here printed] Praeger (1867-1954) was the younger sister of the naturalist Robert Lloyd Praeger. Born in Holywood, Co. Down, she was educated at Sullivan School, the Belfast School of Art and the Slade in London. Renowned for her work as children's writer and illustrator, and also as a sculptor of international fame, she was appointed President of the Ulster Academy and received the MBE in 1927. THIS WORK IS EXTREMELY SCARCE IN ANY EDITION. Its survival in this condition (now protected in solander case) is extraordinary and makes this a quite outstanding copy.
      [Bookseller: Island Books]
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