The Definitive Book on Walter Crane [CRANE, Walter]. KONODY, P.G. The Art of Walter Crane. London: George Bell & Sons, 1902. First edition. Large folio (13 5/8 x 9 1/2 inches; 346 x 240 mm.). [2, blank], xiii, , 147,  pp. Eight photogravure plates, twenty-four color plates, sixty-six monochrome plates, two facsimile leaves, and numerous illustrations in the text. Title printed in red and black. Publisher's light blue cloth, covers and spine pictorially stamped and lettered in gilt, decorative endpapers printed in green, top edge gilt, others uncut. A near fine copy of the greatest study and anthology of Walter Crane's graphic work. Bookseller Inventory #
Title: Art of Walter Crane, The
Publisher: London: George Bell & Sons, 1902.
Publication Date: 1902
Book Description George Bell and Sons, London, 1902. Hardcover. Condition: Very Good. Walter Crane (illustrator). Walter Crane. Hardcover. FIRST TRADE EDITION. This is still the best and most comprehensive work on Crane's art, encompassing his illustrations, paintings, and decorative works. There are 8 photogravure plates, 24 full page colored plates, and over 100 other illustrations of his paintings, wall paper designs, and book illustrations. There are also two inserted facsimile leaves from The Story of the Glittering Plain published by the Kelmscott Press. It was the only Kelmscott Press title illustrated by Crane, despite his close friendship with fellow-Socialist William Morris. The book begins with a chapter discussing Morris's influence on Crane's ideas of Socialism and art. A very good small folio bound in the original blue-green pictorial cloth, with the cover design and spine printed in black and gilt. The covers show wear, with slight fraying at edges, brief spotting, and the front hinge slightly cracked. The interior is quite clean and bright save for some very light aging to margins and a small brown stain on one of the color illustrations and its facing page. Altogether a very nice copy of this rather scarce book. 148 pages. ILL/042210. Seller Inventory # 20664
Book Description George Bell and Sons, London, 1902. Hardcover. Condition: Very Good. CRANE, Walter (illustrator). 1st Edition. Folio, 25x35cms, blue cloth with gilt stamped decoration and titles to the front, spine and rear. Top edge gilt other edges uncut, green and white decorative end papers, xvi, 148pp, 8 tissue guarded photogravure plates, 24 colour plates & 70 monochrome plates and 62 text illustrations. The book contains six hand written, signed letters by Walter Crane, four written to Messrs. George Bell & Sons during November 1901 regarding the publication of this book and payment for his design of the cover. The book contains sections covering his paintings, wall-paper designs, book illustrations and decorative work/studies. It bears the bookplate of George Charles Williamson, art historian, antiquarian, and author of numerous books on European art and artists. There are a few items of Crane ephemera tipped in, including a Catalogue of a selection of the Recent Works of Walter Crane from the Dore Gallery and dated November 1902, 8.7 x 10.6cm 16pp with red sewn spine. There is a little toning to the spine, a crease and a couple of small dings to the bottom edge. There is a little soiling to the edges and a 7mm dark spot to the bottom edge of the front board. Internally the endpapers are split along the inner joint but the binding remains firm. Internally there is a book plate indicating that the book comes from the library of George Charles Williamson, art historian, antiquarian and author of numerous books on European art and artists. The book has some spotting more heavily to the prelims and around the tipped in articles. Most of the plates are unmarked with the exception of the Three letters relating to this volume have been tipped in on the first two blanks. They relate to payment for the cover design and the loan of items to the author and publisher. They are all handwritten and signed and on Crane's own note paper with his printed address and small image of a crane at the top. Of the other letters (which are also hand written and signed by Crane) one on headed note paper refers to a correction to be made to his book 'The Basis of Design' and the others written from the same address but not on headed note paper are to a Miss Pirkis concerning a manuscript she had sent him and advising her and her illustrator to start on a 'smaller scale'. These letters are in VG+ condition save for the usual creases resulting from being folded. The small catalogue from the Dore Gallery which has been tipped in, gives prices for a number of Crane's Works including 'The Fountain of Youth' and original drawings for 'A Masque of Days' and 'Queen Summer' which are illustrated in this volume. Perhaps unsurprisingly, the original owner has also tipped in a couple of newspaper articles concerning Crane and a longer article in Italian to the verso of the title. Provenance: George Charles Williamson, art historian, antiquarian, and author of numerous books on European art and artists. If you would like any further information or images, please do not hesitate to ask. Seller Inventory # 001110