London, Paris, New York: Raphael Tuck & Sons, Ltd. [Printed in England], n.d. Vellum. 32mo size, 64 pp. Very good. Item #21100113
Nora Hopper Chesson (1871-1906) participated in the Irish literary movement of the 1890s, and her work, "Ballads in Prose" (1894) would prove to be an influence on that most Irish of poets, W.B. Yeats.
This small volume of her poems, undated but likely ca. 1895-1900, was published by the famous publishing house of Raphael Tuck and Sons. Established in 1866, the name "Raphael Tuck" became synonymous with children's books, greeting cards and postcards.
Scarce in the marketplace; as of this writing, we see only one other copy available online.
___DESCRIPTION: Bound in vellum boards with green rules and decorations on the front which surround an oval colour pastedown, green lettering on the spine, series name on the back board in green, frontis a full-colour lithograph ("Garden Glories"), title page with richly decorated horizontal borders; 32mo size (4" by 2 3/4"), pagination: [1-3] 4-64 (note that page count excludes both the frontis and the decorated title page).
___CONDITION: Very good overall, the corners straight and unrubbed, the front pastedown with minimal rubbing, the binding strong with solid hinges, the interior is clean and bright, and the sole prior owner marking being a vintage gift inscription at the top of the front free endpaper; some overall soiling to the vellum covers, the spine with two cracks, the front joint cracked but holding firm, a shallow crease to the rear board. A fragile publication, in better condition than usually found.
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