London and Glasgow: The Children's Press, 1920. Item #03845
Harry Rountree Illustrates Aesops Fables
Scarce in the Original Color Pictorial Dust Jacket
ROUNTREE, Harry, illustrator. AESOP. Aesop's Fables. Illustrated by Harry Rountree. London and Glasgow: The Children's Press [n.d., ca. 1920].
Early edition. 160 unnumbered pages. Eight color plates and numerous black & white drawings including many full-page.
Publisher's quarter tan cloth over color pictorial boards, spine pictorially decorated and lettered in black. Original color pictorial dust jacket with minimal rubbing at extremities. Ink inscription dated 1939 on front free end-paper. A near fine copy, rare in the the pictorial dust jacket.
Harry Rountree (1878-1950) was a prolific illustrator working in England around the turn of the twentieth century.
He came to London in 1901 from New Zealand, when he was 23 years old. Determined to make his mark on the then-flourishing magazine and book market, he struggled, studied and sold the occasional drawing. However, when the editor of Little Folks magazine gave him a commission to illustrate a story with an animal, he found his feet and suddenly he became quite successful. By 1903 he was illustrating books for the editor of Little Folks, writing and illustrating his own books, and in demand by nearly every publisher in London. He was one of the subjects in Percy V. Bradshaws' The Art of the Illustrator, 20 part series, published in 1918, where six stages of the creation of an illustration were published along with notes and biography. He is also noted for his illustrations of British Golf Courses & golfing caricatures.