London: Hodder & Stoughton, 1913. Item #02984
A School for Genteel Children
In The Publishers Box
[THOMSON, Hugh, illustrator]. BARRIE, J.M. Quality Street. A Comedy in Four Acts. Illustrated by Hugh Thomson. [London]: Hodder & Stoughton, [n.d., 1913].
First trade edition. Large quarto (10 3/8 x 7 7/8 inches; 263 x 200 mm.). , vii, , 197, , [1, blank] pp. Frontispiece and twenty-one mounted color plates, with descriptive tissue guards. Numerous black and white text illustrations.
Publishers violet cloth over boards, front cover and spine pictorially stamped and lettered in gilt and green. Pictorial endpapers. Light foxing on half-title, ink signature on front free endpaper. A fine copy in the original cardboard box with a duplicate of the color plate facing page 3, pasted on top. Box strengthened at corners.
Hugh Thomson was born in County Coleraine near Londonderry, on 1 June 1860. He gained praise and influenced many young artists through his book illustrations. He notably illustrated editions of William Shakespeare, Jane Austen, Charles Dickens and J.M. Barrie.
Quality Street is a comedy in four acts by J. M. Barrie, written before his more famous work Peter Pan. The story, set in Napoleonic times, is about two sisters who start a school "for genteel children"