The Book Of Gnomes

Weatherly, Frederic Edward

Published by Ernest Nister, London, 1895
Condition: Fair Hardcover
From The Little Book Store (Lytham St. Annes, Lancs., United Kingdom)

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8 chromolithographic plates, 9 other full page sepia wood cut illustrations, and in text sepia illustration on all of the other pages. Oblong format (c. 12 inches x 10 inches; 30 cm. x 25 cm). Undated, approximate date provided by reference to V&A Museum library. The story line follows the preparation for a Ball, which is being held to keep the Elves out of mischief. The story follows the distribution of the invitations, the making of the clothes to be worn, the preparation of the land and the feast, the upset of those that are not invited, a stolen kiss between the Robin and the Wren - altogether a truly charming tale that is beautifully illustrated by the Nister chromolithographs. Illustrated end papers. Specific condition: Binding: Corners worn, outer boards are grubby and scuffed. Ffep missing but frontispiece intact.Personal inscription (1918) on front pastedown end paper. Interior: A few closed tears and grubbiness to page edges; on some of the pages there is quite a strong crease near to the hinge (due, I think to a combination of the heavy paper and the tightness of the binding) and where appropriate these have been reinforced with archival tape to prevent further damage. Not the best of copies, but all of the pages are present and the illustrations are nice and clear - a good opportunity to collect a lovely Nister at a reasonable price. N.B. Now protected in an archival film cover. N.B. The disjointed image is due to the photo being a composite view - the book is larger than my A4 scanner! 4to - over 9¾" - 12" tall. Bookseller Inventory # 000288

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Title: The Book Of Gnomes

Publisher: Ernest Nister, London

Publication Date: 1895

Binding: Hardcover

Illustrator: Hardy, Evelyn Stuart

Book Condition:Fair

Edition: First Edition

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