Kate Greenaway's Almanack for 1893

GREENAWAY, Kate, artist

Published by London: George Routledge & Sons, 1892
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Inscribed by Kate Greenaway to her Close Friend and Confidante Lady Dorothy NevillWith a Fine Watercolor Drawing on the Half-TitleGREENAWAY, Kate. Kate Greenaway's Almanack for 1893. London: George Routledge & Sons, [1892]. First edition. Presentation copy to Lady Dorothy Nevill with a very fine and detailed original watercolor of a young girl, measuring 1 1/4 x 13/16 inch; 32 x 21 mm. on half-title inscribed "Lady Dorothy Nevill / From Kate Greenaway / 1892".Twentyfourmo (3 7/8 x 2 7/8 inches; 99 x 73 mm.). [36] pp. Color pictorial title-page, full-page color frontispiece, full-page color illustration, and twelve superb full-page color illustrations (one for each month), four full page color illustrations at end including for each of the seasons.Publishers green silk over boards stamped in gilt, all edges stained green, coated green endpapers. Small waterstain affecting lower half of binding and consequently causing the original green coated endpapers to partially adhere to each other. The text block and illustrations not affected. A n excellent copy, housed in a custom made quarter tan morocco over green cloth boards clamshell case with watered green silk lining. With the bookplate of Robert S. Pirie on inside of case.Lady Dorothy Nevill (1826-1913) was a close friend and confidante of Kate Greenaway. In the summer of 1888 Kate was miserable and confused. "Her efforts to restore Ruskin's health had been a failure and, moreover, her professional reputation was fast waning. Work on illustrations for books now seemed dispiriting, and she did it solely for the money. For consolation and patronage she turned to old and by now long-neglected friends, accepting private commissions from Lady Dorothy Nevill, Lady Northcote and Gerald Posonby." "By April [1897] Kate was in a dilemma: she was unable to turn old sketches into saleable new pictures, yet she needed to find some way to earn her living? Lady Dorothy Nevill now occupied a prominent place among Kate's intimates, not only for her patronage (she had encouraged Leighton to admire Kate's work) and her large circle of influential friends, but also for her willingness to listen to Kate's worries. 'Miss Greenaway herself was the very incarnation of modest gentleness, and very far from being fitted to adopt these commercial methods by which alone her work might have received full pecuniary appreciation,' she concluded in her autobiography. Almost twenty years Kate's senior, with a personality unlike that of any of Kate's other friends, Dorothy Nevill seemed to understand Kate completely. The daughter of Horace Walpole, she had seen the giants of the Victorian age come and go, accepting with a rare degree of tolerance many of their quirks and follies; and, like Kate, she was saddened by the demise of the Victorian ideals of respectability and beauty." In the summer of 1901, "Back in Hampstead, and suffering from what she still called a 'bad cold', she described to Maria Ponsonby her condition after the operation: I soon get tired and my arm keeps very stiff? Kate's condition grew worse. News of her illness and the need for money to pay the doctor worried her friends. Lady Dorothy Nevill wrote to suggest buying a drawing, but Kate refused, although she was touched by the gesture. Her need for money did not allow her to forget her friends, and she insisted that if Lady Dorothy wanted a drawing she would love 'to GIVE YOU anything you like - drawings are the only things I have to give my friends'. She did stress that , providing her health improved, she might accept new portrait commissions if Lady Dorothy could find them. Her letter ended, 'Dear Lady Dorothy, I do feel you so kind and I send you much love,' as if it were her last chance to thank her friend." Kate Greenaway died at her home in Hampstead on November 6th, 1901. (Rodney Engen. Kate Greenaway. A Biography, pp. 155, 195 & 213).Robert S Pirie (1934-2015), was a combative corporate lawyer when the risky but lucrative field of m. Bookseller Inventory #

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Title: Kate Greenaway's Almanack for 1893
Publisher: London: George Routledge & Sons, 1892

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Book Description 1893. London; George Routledge & Sons, Limited. 1893. 12mo. Original yellow cloth-backed glazed cream pictorial boards, teal endpapers, teal edges, preserved in original cream mailing wrapper, printed in sepia; pp. [36]; prettily and delicately illustrated throughout in woodblock colours; both externally and internally a fine, fresh copy protected by the scarce wrapper with a little light dusting, a neat crease to upper panel, and tiny nicking to spine ends. First edition. Schuster and Engen 13 (11a). Seller Inventory # 2097478

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Book Description George Routledge and Sons, London, 1892. Pp. [36], illustrated in colour throughout, with dark blue/green endpapers; post 24mo; green silk, the upper board lettered in gilt within a decorative gilt border repeated in blind on the lower board, lower section of boards and spine damp stained; housed within a custom made clamshell case of qr. tan morocco with dark green cloth sides, spine lettered in gilt; fully lined with green moire silk, with the bookplate of Robert S. Pirie on reverse of lid; the damp stain to the boards has caused the free endpapers to partially adhere to the pastedowns, and both free endpaper are slightly split at fore-edge; George Routledge and Sons, London, [1892]. First edition. Collates as for Schuster & Engen 13.11c, but without pink edges. *Presentation copy, inscribed on the half-title page 'Lady Dorothy Nevill/ from Kate Greenaway/1892' and with an original watercolour by Greenaway beneath the inscription. Measuring 32 x 21 mm, the watercolour is of a walking girl dressed in coat, bonnet and goves. Lady Dorothy Nevill (1826-1916), the daughter of Horace Walpole, was a close friend of Kate Greenaway, who was several years her junior. When Greenaway was ill and short of money in 1901, shortly before her death, Lady Dorothy wrote to her offering to buy some of her work. Greenaway refused, responding that she would rather 'give you anything you like - drawings are the only things I have to give my friends' [see Engen, Kate Greenaway. A Biography]. Robert S. Pirie (1934-2015) was a notable American bibliophile whose extensive library, auctioned after his death by Sotheby's, was billed as 'the finest collection of 16th and 17th-century English literature in private hands'. Seller Inventory # 144876

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