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London, New York, Toronto and Melbourne: Cassell and Company, 1900. Item #04015

"A Bee-Blowaway is a musical note B which has turned into a stinging bee, and has flown away"
A Magical, Mystical and Musical Fairy Tale Illustrated by Arthur Rackham

[RACKHAM, Arthur, illustrator]. HERBERTSON, Agnes Grozier. The Bee-Blowaways. London, New York, Toronto and Melbourne: Cassell and Company, Ltd., 1900.

First edition. Small quarto (8 7/8 x 6 3/8 inches; 225 x 161 mm.). [1, inside front cover with design], [2-32] [33, inside back cover] pp. Pictorial title-page printed in red and black with a 3/4 page illustration by Arthur Rackham and sixteen other illustrations by Rackham, one printed in several colors, the other fifteen all printed in a single or two color process, five of which are full-page.

Publisher's green boards with additional full-page plate printed in red and black pasted-on to front cover. Plain green rear cover and spine. Lettered in black on top margin of front board "The "Little Folks" Panel Books". Top 3/4 inch and lower 3 7/8 inches of spine missing. The front inside cover has has a full-page design around the presentation notice. "This does not look like Rackham's work." (Riall). Early neat ink presentation filled-in. Minimal rubbing to corners. Overall a wonderful copy of a book that we have never seen before in over fifty years of specializing in the work of Arthur Rackham. Chemised in a quarter red morocco over red cloth slipcase, spine with five raised bands, lettered in gilt in compartments.

Exceptionally rare with just three copies located in libraries and institutions worldwide: The British Library, Cambridge University, and the University of Texas.

The Bee-Blowaways is a fairy story which revolved around the Wait-a-Bit Tree in the wood. Several children including the birthday gairl Rosemary, her brother Tony, her elder sister "Sweet Miranda" and Grandpapa Tippett, were dancing round the Wait-a-bit Tree.

Agnes Grozier Herbertson (1875-1960) was born in Oslo, Norway, to a Scots family. She was the daughter of James Grozier Herbertson, and his wife Jessie Peattie. Her father's employment with a shipping company kept the family on the move, with the Herbertsons married in Norway, and their children were born in Norway, France, and Scotland. Herbertson's younger sister, Jessie Leckie Herbertson, was also a writer, and the two lived together from the late 1930s, eventually retiring to the Edinburgh area. Herbertson authored children's books, plays, and poems, as well as six novels for adults, beginning with A Book Without A Man!, published in 1897. Her other children's book include Heroic Legends; Gulliver's Travels: Retold for Little Folks; The Twins, Papa and Parker; The Pilgrim's Progress: Retold for Little Folks; and Pip-Pip's Exciting Day.

Hudson, p.167; Riall, p.34: Not in Gettings, Hamilton or Latimore & Haskell,

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