London: George Routledge and Sons, 1883. Item #03057
A Complete Set
Including One in the Scarce Dust Jacket
GREENAWAY, Kate. Almanack for 1883-. London: George Routledge and Sons, [1883-1895]. [Together with:] Kate Greenaway’s Almanack & Diary for 1897. London: J.M Dent & Co., .
A complete set of first edition Kate Greenaway Almanacks. Fourteen twentyfourmo volumes (the Almanack for 1887 being oblong twentyfourmo), measuring approximately 3 7/8 x 2 13/16 inches; 99 x 71 mm, and one twelvemo volume of the Almanack for 1884), measuring approximately 5 3/16 x 3 5/8 inches; 132 x 92 mm. No almanack for 1896 was published. Numerous wood-engraved text illustrations after Greenaway printed in color by Edmund Evans.
Original bindings of glazed pictorial boards with cloth spines (1883, 1885, 1886, 1887, 1888, 1889, 1891, 1893, 1894, and 1895), glazed pictorial wrappers (1884), imitation morocco boards (1892), and imitation morocco (1897). The 1897 Almanack which is in 'Diary' format has just four neat ink entries on the January leaves). The Almanack for 1884 is in color pictorial wrappers. The almanack for 1890 is in the original printed mailing wrapper (i.e. dust jackets).
An excellent, all that one could hope for set of these charming little books.
The mailing wrappers (dust jackets) are as scarce as can be; they were routinely thrown out as soon as the books were received. Their survival is nothing short of miraculous.
“The beginning of 1883 had seen the publication of Kate Greenaway’s first Almanack. Published at one shilling by George Routledge & Sons, and of course engraved and printed in colours by Mr. Edmund Evans, it achieved an enormous success, some 90,000 copies being sold in England, America, France, and Germany. It was succeeded by an almanack every year (with but one exception, 1896) until 1897, the last being published by Mr. Dent. The illustrations were printed on sheets with blank spaces for the letterpress, in which English, French, or German was inserted as the market demanded. There are various little conceits about these charming productions which are calculated to appeal to the ‘licquorish chapman of such wares’; so that complete sets of them already fetch respectable sums from the collectors of beautiful books, especially when they have not been divested of the paper envelopes or wrappers in which they were originally issued” (Spielmann and Layard (1905), p. 122).
Schuster & Engen 3-16. Thomson 47-61.