London: George G. Harrap & Company, 1910. Pogany, Willy. First Edition. Hardcover. With Willy Pogany illustrations, first printing, octavo size, 295 pp. Very good. Item #19020202
This collection of tales features numerous and charming stories not often told in the tradition of English folk tales; many draw from countries such as Hungary, Serbia, and Russia, as well as some other European countries. The stories are here gathered and retold by children's book author Lilian Gask (1865-1942), who offers a delightful array of characters, dangers and adventures, mischief and magic.
Hungarian illustrator Willy Pogany (1882-1955) fills this volume with gorgeous decorations, including lovely decorated endpapers, exquisite full-page illustrations (eight in full colour and eighteen black-and-white line drawings), chapter headpieces and multiple in-text illustrations, creating an experience of the book itself that is just as charming as the contents of the stories. Pogany, a contemporary of monumental illustrators such as Edmund Dulac and N. C. Wyeth, was strongly influenced by botanical designs, seen here with his many detailed floral borders and patterns.
___DESCRIPTION: Full red cloth, gilt floral borders and lettering surrounding a colour paste-down illustration on the front board, gilt lettering and illustrations on the spine, top edge gilt, fore- and bottom edges uncut, grey endpapers with gilt line illustration by Willy Pogany, frontispiece a full-colour illustration by Pogany captioned "The tailor and the dwarfs [page 17]", title page in blue and black with floral borders and illustration, black-and-white headpieces, running borders along the top margins, and floral initial capitals by Pogany, full-page line drawings in black and full-colour illustrations by Pogany throughout; octavo size (8.25" by 6"), pagination: [i-iv] v-viii 1-286 .
___CONDITION: Very good overall, with clean boards, straight corners, a strong, square text block with solid hinges, and the interior and illustrations are bright; some rubbing to the joints, the head and tail of the spine, and to the corners, front bottom corner is ever so gently bumped, spine is very lightly sunned, foxing throughout the interior pages, but after the first several pages it is confined to the margins of the pages, and there is a prize inscription in pen on the verso of the frontispiece, dated 1914 (this being the only prior owner marking).
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