3 December 2007,
New York, Rockefeller Plaza
Price Realised USD 8,125
Estimate USD 8,000 - USD 12,000
[GREENAWAY, KATE (1846-1901), illustrator]. TAYLOR, Jane and Ann. Little Ann and Other Poems. London: George Routledge & Sons, .
8o. Illustrated throughout by Kate Greenaway. (Some scattered foxing.) Original half green cloth, glazed pictorial boards, edges stained blue (some minor discoloration and rubbing to boards); RARE PICTORIAL DUST JACKET (some portions missing, lined on verso); cloth folding case. Provenance: Oliver Locker (dedicatee, presentation inscription from Greenaway on the dedication page, and "Oliver" faintly written in Greenaway's hand on the upper panel of the dust jacket); Frederick Locker (bookplate hand-colored by Kate Greenaway); Alain de De Suzannet (bookplate; his sale, Sotheby's, 10 December 1935, lot 425).
FIRST EDITION, A DEDICATION COPY INSCRIBED BY GREENAWAY TO OLIVER LOCKER on the dedication page: "Oliver Locker from Kate Greenaway 1883." Oliver Locker was the youngest son of Frederick Locker (later Locker-Lampson) and one of the four dedicatees of this book. His portrait and those of his brother and sisters (the other dedicatees) are featured on the dedication page. Kate Greenaway, who was introduced to Frederick Locker Lampson in 1880 through the engraver Edmund Evans, was an intimate friend of his and his family's for many years and a constant visitor to their homes. This copy also contains the Frederick Locker bookplate designed for him by Kate Greenaway. This example is the rarer version printed in black and is one of a few that were hand-colored for him by Greenaway herself (see Keith Clark, "The Bookplate designs of Kate Greenaway" in The Private Library, Second Series, vol. 8:3. Schuster & Engen 109.
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