One of 325 Large Paper Copies Signed by the Author
Beautifully Illustrated by Dorothy Lathrop
DE LA MARE, Walter. Down-ADown-Derry. A Book of Fairy Poems by Walter De La Mare with illustrations by Dorothy P. Lathrop. London: Constable & Co., Ltd., 1922. First edition thus, one of 325 large paper copies signed by the author, this being copy no. 130. Tall octavo (9 5/8 x 6 3/4 inches; 245 x 170mm.). Three full-page color plates, including frontispiece, and numerous black and white drawings, many full-page.
Handsomely bound by [Bayntun-Riviere] for Asprey of London in full blue crushed levant morocco. Covers decoratively ruled in gilt with gilt ornaments along inner rule. Spine with five raised bands, decoratively tooled and lettered in gilt in compartments. All edges gilt. Gilt ornamented turn-ins, cockerell endpapers. A very fine copy.
Dorothy Pulis Lathrop (1891Ė1980) was an American author and illustrator of children's books. Lathrop was born on April 16, 1891 in Albany, New York. During her lifetime of achievements, her notable prominence in the publishing world of children's literature includes the combined skills, mastery, and talents Lathrop displayed within the pages and color plates of the more than 38 books published with her illustrations. The prolific popularity of her talent was one of a steady production, primarily between the years of 1919 to 1962. In the 1930s, Lathrop published nine children's books. Lathrop's career as an illustrator and author began with using her artistic skills as an illustrator for other authors of children's literature, beginning around 1919. With the exception of several topical non-fiction books written by Lathrop, most of her art for illustrations, in her lifetime, remained dedicated to that of children's fictional literature. This included art for the book by Hans Christian Anderson, The Little Mermaid (1939, and Walter De la Mare's books for children, including his Down-Adown Derry, Fairy Poems, published in 1922. In 1919, Lathrop's first published "suite" of expressive illustrations appeared in Walter De la Mare's book for children, The Three Mulla-Mulgars. Lathrop developed a friendship with author Walter De la Mare, and thereafter, illustrated five of his books published for children, including illustrations for De la Mare's Down-Adown-Derry (1922), Crossings (1923), Mr. Bumps (1942), and Bells and Grass (1942).
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