London: Macmillan and Co., 1910. Item #02165
Edition de Luxe Limited to Five Hundred Copies
[GOBLE, Warwick (Illustrator). JAMES, Grace. Green Willow and Other Japanese Fairy Tales. London: Macmillan & Co., 1910.
Edition de Luxe, limited to 500 copies. Quarto (11 1/4 x 8 3/4 inches; 286 x 222 mm.). xii, 280[-281], [1 blank] pp.
Forty color plates tipped-in onto heavy brown stock, with captioned tissue guards. Original vellum over boards, front cover lettered and pictorially stamped in gilt, spine lettered in gilt. Original yellow sik ties. Top edge gilt, others uncut. Lower edge of spine very lightly creased but still an exceptionally fine copy. Housed in a blue cloth slip-case.
Warwick Goble "was best known for his watercolour illustrations for gift books such as Green Willow, and Other Japanese Fairy Tales" (Peppin & Micklethwait).
"Mr Goble's forty delicately-coloured illustrations are surprisingly successful in reproducing the native atmosphere of the tales, and altogether the volume is one of the most charming and unusual of the season's offerings" (The Dial, Vol. 49, 1910)
Warwick Goble (1862-1943) was trained at the City of London School and the Westminster School of Art. He initially worked for a printer specializing in chromolithography and contributed to the Pall Mall Gazette and the Westminster Gazette. In the 1890s, he contributed half-tone illustrations to monthly magazines such as Strand Magazine, Pearson's Magazine, and The Boy's Own Paper. In 1893, he was exhibiting at the Royal Academy. In 1896, he began illustrating books. In 1898, he was the first to illustrate H. G. Wells's The War of the Worlds, having illustrated it for Pearson's Magazine in 1897.
In 1909, he became resident gift book illustrator for MacMillan and produced illustrations for The Water Babies, Green Willow, and Other Japanese Fairy Tales, The Complete Poetical Works of Geoffrey Chaucer, Stories from the Pentamerone, Folk Tales of Bengal, The Fairy Book, and The Book of Fairy Poetry.