London: George Routledge & Sons Limited, 1899. Item #04350
Walter Crane's "Triplets" Deluxe Edition
One of Twenty Special Copies Printed on Japanese Vellum
CRANE, Walter, [illustrator]. Triplets: Comprising The Baby's Opera, The Baby's Bouquet, and The Baby's Own Æsop. With the Original Designs in Colour by Walter Crane; Printed by Edmund Evans. London: George Routledge & Sons Limited, 1899.
First Collected Special Edition printed on Japanese Vellum Limited to 20 copies (this being no. 11).
Large oblong quarto (11 9/16 x 12 3/8 inches; 294 x 314 mm.). 192 pp. with illustrations by Crane printed in color by Edmund Evans on every page. The first two titles with printed music.
Publisher's brown buckram over boards, marbled end-papers, top edge gilt, others uncut. New red morocco spine label lettered in gilt. Spine ends expertly strengthened, minimal soiling to buckram. Housed in a full tan buckram, felt-lined clamshell case (by Sangorski & Sutcliffe) with a red leather spine label lettered in gilt. Overall, a very good and clean copy of this title in the publisher's binding.
Illustrated with dozens of exquisite color illustrations by Walter Crane representing the three works originally published in 1877-1887. A new preface was written by Crane for this edition and new illustrations on the preface and title pages.
Walter Crane's color illustrations for these three children's stories, many full-page, with decorative borders and vignettes throughout. Considered to contain some of the best illustrations ever rendered by Walter Crane on Japanese Vellum, thus increasing the clarity and improving the color tone.
"Walter Crane (1845-1915) was an English artist and illustrator. He is primarily known for his illustrations of the Faerie Queen as well as numerous children's books, however he also worked on designs for political pamphlets and even wallpaper, ceramic tiles and other decorative art. During the 1800s Walter Crane was considered Britain's greatest socialist artist, and he was asked to illustrate many socialist publications. However his best work was non-political in nature. He earned a good living doing book illustrations, and he was especially in demand as an illustrator of children's books such as nursery rhymes, fables and alphabet books. His drawings often featured child in the garden motifs, and were extremely influential in shaping the direction of children's illustrated literature, along with his collaborator, the printer Edmund Evans. Despite his versatility as an artist and the wide range of his subject matter, Crane was always best known as a children's book illustrator. His contemporaries included fellow illustrators Kate Greenaway and Randolph Caldecott." (WalterCrane.com).