Kate Greenaway's Almanack for 1895: GREENAWAY, Kate, artist

Kate Greenaway's Almanack for 1895

GREENAWAY, Kate, artist

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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 1895. London: George Routledge & Sons, [1894]. First edition. Presentation copy to Lady Dorothy Nevill with a very fine and detailed original portrait watercolor of a young girl, measuring 1 x 1 inch; 25 x 25 mm. on half-title inscribed "Lady Dorothy Nevill / From Kate Greenaway / 1894".Twentyfourmo (3 7/8 x 2 7/8 inches; 99 x 73 mm.). [36] pp. Color pictorial title-page, full-page color frontispiece, twelve superb full-page color illustrations (one for each month), and four full page color illustrations at the end for each of the seasons.Publishers cream imitation morocco over boards stamped in gilt and green, all edges gilt, coated green endpapers. A near fine copy, housed in a custom made quarter red morocco over red cloth boards clamshell case with watered pale orange 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 mergers and acquisitions was emerging and later a prominent investment banker on Wall Street. His private library grew to include thousands of volumes, which he made available to librarians and scholars. He speci. Bookseller Inventory #

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Title: Kate Greenaway's Almanack for 1895
Publisher: London: George Routledge & Sons, 1894

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Book Description Routledge and Sons, 1895. Hardcover. Condition: Very Good. Kate Greenaway (illustrator). 1st Edition. Cream boards with orange cloth spine. Boards slightly marked and discoloured. Previous owner's name to ffep (pencil and neat). Faint impression left of previous seller's notes to reverse of ffep. Contents very clean and bright with strong colours and with no further markings. A bright copy. More details available on request. (0317BO10). Seller Inventory # 000622

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GREENAWAY, Kate
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Book Description Routledge, London, 1895. 1st edition. (Schuster's 'Almanack' series 15/13a). 77 x 10 x 5mm, with illustrated cream glazed pictorial boards with orange cloth spine. Text unmarked, but details of a baby's weights on verso of half-title page. A very nice copy, in the rare postal wrapper, with front flap glued to front pastedown. Do ask for further information or images if required Used - Very Good. VG hardback in postal wrapper. Seller Inventory # BOOKS199699I

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Book Description London: George Routledge and Sons, 1883, 1883. A Complete Set Including One in the Scarce Dust JacketGREENAWAY, Kate. Almanack for 1883-[1895]. London: George Routledge and Sons, [1883-1895]. [Together with:] Kate Greenaway's Almanack & Diary for 1897. London: J.M Dent & Co., [1897].A complete set of first edition Kate Greenaway Almanacks. Fourteen twentyfourmo volumes (the Almanack for 1887 being oblong twentyfourmo), measuring approximately 3 7/8 x 2 13/16 inches; 99 x 71 mm, and one twelvemo volume of the Almanack for 1884), measuring approximately 5 3/16 x 3 5/8 inches; 132 x 92 mm. No almanack for 1896 was published. Numerous wood-engraved text illustrations after Greenaway printed in color by Edmund Evans.Original bindings of glazed pictorial boards with cloth spines (1883, 1885, 1886, 1887, 1888, 1889, 1891, 1893, 1894, and 1895), glazed pictorial wrappers (1884), imitation morocco boards (1892), and imitation morocco (1897). The 1897 Almanack which is in 'Diary' format has just four neat ink entries on the January leaves). The Almanack for 1884 is in color pictorial wrappers. The almanack for 1890 is in the original printed mailing wrapper (i.e. dust jackets).An excellent, all that one could hope for set of these charming little books.The mailing wrappers (dust jackets) are as scarce as can be; they were routinely thrown out as soon as the books were received. Their survival is nothing short of miraculous."The beginning of 1883 had seen the publication of Kate Greenaway's first Almanack. Published at one shilling by George Routledge & Sons, and of course engraved and printed in colours by Mr. Edmund Evans, it achieved an enormous success, some 90,000 copies being sold in England, America, France, and Germany. It was succeeded by an almanack every year (with but one exception, 1896) until 1897, the last being published by Mr. Dent. The illustrations were printed on sheets with blank spaces for the letterpress, in which English, French, or German was inserted as the market demanded. There are various little conceits about these charming productions which are calculated to appeal to the 'licquorish chapman of such wares'; so that complete sets of them already fetch respectable sums from the collectors of beautiful books, especially when they have not been divested of the paper envelopes or wrappers in which they were originally issued" (Spielmann and Layard (1905), p. 122).Schuster & Engen 3-16. Thomson 47-61. Seller Inventory # 03057

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Book Description Published by George Routledge and Sons, London, 1894. , 36 unpaginated pages, colour illustrations throughout, tiny neat signature by Kate Greenaway to the corner of the half title "Mrs Curwen from Kate Greenaway 1894" plus an original pencil drawn and watercolour portrait First Edition , light rubbing to corners and boards, foxing to half title and last leaf, other pages clean, binding firm, very good condition , quarter orange cloth with full colour illustrated paper covered boards, green endpapers and yellow edges , 10 cm x 7.5 cm Hardback SIGNED by the author ISBN: Seller Inventory # 72525

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Book Description George Routledge and Sons, London, 1894. Pp. [36], illustrated in colour throughout, with dark green/blue endpapers; post 24mo; pictorial cream imitation morocco, the boards with green triple rule border, upper board lettered and decorated in gilt (back view of two girls standing arm in arm), faintly soiled, the bottom fore-corners a trifle rubbed; a.e.g.; housed within a custom made clamshell case of qr. maroon morocco with maroon cloth sides, the gilt lettered spine a trifle rubbed at extremities; fully lined with light brown moire silk, with the bookplate of Robert S. Pirie on reverse of lid; upper hinge tender; George Routledge and Sons Limited, London, [1894]. First edition. Schuster & Engen 15.13d. *Presentation copy, inscribed on the half-title page 'Lady Dorothy Nevill/ from/ Kate Greenaway/1894' and with an original watercolour by Greenaway below the inscription (measuring 25 x 25 mm., the head of young girl in a blue-ribboned hat). 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 # 144877

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