Fitzwilliam, New Hampshire: Jane W. Roberts, 1983. Greenaway, Kate. Limited Edition. Hardcover. No. 83 of 350 copies, twenty-fourmo size, 22 pp., signed by Jane W. Roberts. Fine. Item #17072905
Kate Greenaway (1846-1901) was an artist and writer best known for her illustrations of children's books, many of which contained her own poetry, and this book documents the history of Greenaway's books and designs; it is filled with Greenaway's charming drawings of children, from her book "Marigold Garden", and which were cast by American Type Founders (ATF) at the end of the nineteenth century. The word "Mignonette" was apparently coined by ATF and was derived from the word "mignon", which means "a small, pretty child" in French, and is an apt description of Greenaway's drawings.
Jane W. Roberts, a printer and type collector, presents a well-researched history and bibliographer of Greenaway's works, and celebrates the intricacies of the illustrations in this volume.
___DESCRIPTION: Full green cloth, light green paper label with decorative borders, lettering, and illustration in green, light green paper spine label with green lettering, light blue endpapers featuring Mignonettes by Kate Greenaway, reduced in size, frontispiece with two Mignonettes, title page with one Mignonette, Mignonettes printed in black and white, from the original cast cuts, throughout, with two printed in colour; twenty-fourmo size (5.5" by 3.25"), pagination: [i-iii]  2-18 , one of 350 copies, this number 83, signed by Jane W. Roberts on the colophon. With a grey paper band, with the edition number and the word "signed" written in brown pen, held together with a piece of tape.
___CONDITION: Volume is fine, with clean boards, straight corners with no rubbing, a strong, square text block with solid hinges, the interior is clean and bright, and entirely free of prior owner markings; the barest hint of rubbing to the head and tail of the spine, and spine is slightly cocked. The paper band is near fine, clean, with only light creasing to the edges.
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