London: Blackie and Son Limited, 1912. Robinson, Charles. First Edition. Hardcover. First printing, quarto size, 317 pp. Near fine. Item #CNJWEM039
The fables in this book range from short, whimsical poems to prose stories, and all are full of the magic and charm of animals rendered by British book illustrator Charles Robinson (1870-1937). An extremely prolific artist, Robinson fills this volume with copious line drawings on nearly every page, with twenty-eight colour illustrations which bring to life the unique personality of each animal in the tales.
Robinson collaborated often with English writer and editor Walter Jerrold (1865-1929), as is the case with this collection of fables; together they create a monumental work of stories that have captured the imaginaton of children for generations.
___DESCRIPTION: Full red cloth, gilt lettering and illustrations on the front board and spine, all edges gilt, endpapers with illustrations in green, dark grey, and white, frontispiece a full-colour illustration by Charles Robinson captioned "The Peacock and the Crane", title page in red and black with an illustration of a rooster, line drawings in black, many full-page, and twenty-eight (including frontispiece) full-page colour illustrations by Robinson throughout; quarto size (10" by 8"), pagination: [i-v] vi-xxi [xxiii] [1-2] 3-293 .
___CONDITION: Volume is near fine, with clean boards, bright gilt, a strong, square text block with solid hinges, and the interior is clean and bright; slight rubbing to bottom front corner, some gentle bumping to the head and tail of the spine, light foxing to the front free endpapers and to the margins of several pages throughout, and a prior owner gift inscription on the half-title page dated "Xmas 1913".
___CITATION: Baumgarten p. 170.
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