London: Jonathan Cape, 1929. Item #05433
A Collection of the World's Best Fairy Tales Illustrated by Violet Brunton
BRUNTON, Violet, illustrator. Silver Magic. A Collection of the World's Best Fairy Fairy Tales from all Countries. Edited and Arranged by Romer Wilson. With Illustrations in Colour & Line by Violet Brunton. London: Jonathan Cape, .
First edition. Octavo ( 7 7/8 x 5 3/8 inches; 201 x 137 mm.). -432 pp. Eight color plates and forty-seven black & white illustrations in the text including several full-page.
Publisher's silver cloth over boards, covers decorated with blue stars, spine decorated and lettered in blue, top edge stained blue. Small neat ink date "1929" at top of front free endpaper, otherwise a near fine copy of this lovely little book of fairy tales including such favorites as The Marriage of Cupid & Psyche, The a History of Reynard the Fox, Clever Alice, Lohengrin, The Twelve Dancing Princesses, Cinderella, Beauty and the Beast, and many others.
Violet Ella Evelyn Brunton (1878-1951) aka Victor du Lac. Born in Brighouse, Yorkshire, her father, Arthur D. Brunton, was also an artist. She was educated at the Southport School of Art, the Liverpool School of Art, and finally, the Royal College of Art in London. She trained in woodcarving, miniature painting, and illustration. She won a County Palatine Scholarship and a City of Liverpool scholarship and a number of medals while still a student. By 1903-04, Brunton's distinctive illustrations, drawings, and designs were being published in art magazines. During the 1920s, Brunton contributed illustrations to a number of books, including two volumes of fairy tales, edited by Romer Wilson - Green Magic (1928) and Silver Magic (1929). In her oil paintings, she tended towards classical and mythological subjects. She exhibited work at the Royal Academy, the Royal Glasgow Institute, the Royal Society of Miniature Painters (to which she was elected in 1925), and elsewhere.