Allingham's "Rhymes for the Young Folk,"
Illustrated by Kate Greenaway and Others
[GREENAWAY, Kate, Illustrator]. ALLINGHAM, William. Rhymes for the Young Folk. With Pictures by Helen Allingham, Kate Greenaway, Caroline Paterson, and Harry Furniss. London: Frederick Warne & Co., [n.d., before 1918].
Later edition. Octavo (8 3/16 x 6 1/2 inches; 207 x 165 mm.). 75,  pp. Four color plates (including frontispiece, with tissue guard) and twenty-eight sepia text illustrations. One color plate, "The Bubble," facing p. 62, and one sepia illustration, "Ambition," on p. 67, are by Kate Greenaway.
Original quarter tan cloth over reddish-brown bevelled boards. Front cover decoratively stamped and lettered in gilt and black with color pictorial label by Greenaway. Spine lettered in black. Black endpapers. Bookplate on front free endpaper. Two sepia illustrations at rear colored (watercolor) at a later date by an unknown hand, with offseting to facing pages. The mildest of wear to corners, light toning to half-title, hinges just starting, but firm. Otherwise a fresh, bright, near fine copy.
"The void of the spring and summer of 1888 was to some extent filled by an old art school acquaintance, Helen Paterson, who, before her marriage to the poet William Allingham, had been a successful black and white illustrator. She still maintained her reputation as a landscape watercolourist and regularly exhibited in the London galleries. Kate had met Helen during evening classes at the Slade about fifteen years earlier; later they were formally introduced by Frederick Locker at the home of the Tennysons. In 1886 Kate sold William Allingham the use of her picture Bubbles for his book Rhymes for the Young Folk; and now, in the pring of 1888, when Kate visited Helen's home at Witley (in Helen's words) they Ďbecame really friends'" (Rodney Engen, Kate Greenaway, pp. 155-156).
[In 1889] in need of money, Kate accepted Locker's suggestion and sold her drawing Bubbles to his dear friend Mr Pears, the soap manufacturer. It was engraved and printed in colour on an advertising handbill, opposite Millais's Bubbles. However degrading such advertising seemed, Kate accepted the fact that this bought her valuable time to sort out her priorities" (Rodney Engen, Kate Greenway, p. 162).
Schuster & Engen 169 (2a).
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