Fairyland, In: [DOYLE, Richard, illustrator]; ALLINGHAM, William Fairyland, In: [DOYLE, Richard, illustrator]; ALLINGHAM, William Fairyland, In: [DOYLE, Richard, illustrator]; ALLINGHAM, William

Fairyland, In

[DOYLE, Richard, illustrator]; ALLINGHAM, William

Published by London: Longmans, Green, Reader, & Dyer, 1870
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Heaven Elf UsA Very Fine First Edition In Fairyland[DOYLE, Richard, illustrator]. ALLINGHAM, William. In Fairyland. Pictures from the Elf-World. London: Longmans, Green, Reader, & Dyer, 1870. First edition, published Christmas 1869 yet post-dated 1870. Folio (14 7/8 x 10 5/8 in; 378 x 271 mm). [8], 31, [1] pp, printed on rectos only. Frontispiece and fifteen wood-engraved plates printed in color by Edmund Evans, many plates with three-four vignette images each. Miscellaneous black and white line illustrations, including title-page.Original green morocco-grained cloth pictorially stamped and lettered in gilt. Elaborately gilt-decorated spine. All edges gilt. Original pale yellow-coated end-papers with the small yellow rectangular binders ticket of Edmonds & Remnants, London on rear paste-down. Occasional minor spotting, affecting preliminary leaves and verso of frontispiece only. The mildest of rubbing to spine and corner extremities, the gilt on the front cover and spine bright and fresh. Contemporary ink inscription on half-title "Edith R. Potter / a birthday present from / Uncle John & Aunt Eliza Leech / October 1870." This book nearly always suffers from the gut-of-percha binding coming loose and causing the pages to become frayed at the edges.A bright and fine copy of this wonderful book, hardly ever seen in this condition.Illustrator "Richard ["Dickie"] Doyle (1824-1883) was nineteen when he joined the staff of Punch, for which he designed the first cover" (Osborne, vol. I, p. 442); he also designed the Punch masthead, used for over a century afterward. His father, John Doyle, was the noted Irish political caricaturist who signed his work, "H.B." Doyle collaborated with John Leech, W.C. Stanfield and other artists to co-illustrate three of Charles Dickens' Christmas books, The Chimes (1844), The Cricket on the Hearth (1845) and The Battle of Life (1846). After the success of In Fairyland he went on to illustrate a string of fantasy-themed books."William Allingham (1824-1889) was an Irish poet who became a friend of Leigh Hunt and was introduced to the Pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood by Coventry Patmore" (Osborne, vol. I, p. 50)."It is generally felt that Richard Doyle rose to his greatest heights with the graceful clusters of humanized and sentimentalized but endearing little elves he created for In Fairyland. In the case of this book the pictures preceded the text, a situation not uncommon in the history of illustrated children's books. The Irish poet William Allingham wrote verses to accompany Doyle's colorful fantasies. Edmund Evans produced the colored engravings; they are among the very finest examples of his work. Doyle's illustrations for In Fairyland were used again, in 1884, to illustrate Princess Nobody, an original fairy tale for children by Andrew Lang. This is the first edition of In Fairyland" (Morgan Library, Early Children's Books)."Doyle's most sought-after book is the folio, In Fairyland - A Series of Pictures from the Elf-World, 1870 (second edition 1875), a masterpiece of book illustration and an outstanding example of the colour printing of the equally well-known Edmund Evans (1826-1905), a craftsman whose work for Walter Crane, Randolph Caldecott, Kate Greenaway, and other[s]. put him at the top of his profession. In Fairyland. is one of the finest books ever produced for children, and from the collector's point of view a most desirable item to add to any library of juvenile works, especially copies in the original green, morocco-grained, full-cloth bindings, pictorially blocked in gold on the front cover." (Quayle, The Collector's Book of Children's Books, p. 41).Morgan 168. Muir, Victorian, p. 102. Bookseller Inventory #

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Title: Fairyland, In
Publisher: London: Longmans, Green, Reader, & Dyer, 1870

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Published by Viking Press,, New York, U.S.A., (1979)
ISBN 10: 0670395056 ISBN 13: 9780670395057
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Book Description Viking Press,, New York, U.S.A., 1979. Hardcover. Book Condition: Fine. Dust Jacket Condition: Near Fine. Doyle, Richard (illustrator). (illustrator). 1st Edition. Hardcover. Book Condition: Fine. Dust Jacket Condition: near fine 1st edition. Decorative gilded olive green cloth. A fine copy in lightly rubbed jacket with edge wear. With a poem by William Allingham and 'Princess Nobody' a tale of fairyland by Andrew Lang. Introduction by Bryan Holme. biographical notes by Dr Patricia Thomson. Olive green cloth boards with elaborate gilt title and design in dark green, glossy decorative dj. Bookseller Inventory # 001372

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