Book Description

4to (285 x 225mm). First edition, special issue vellum bound. Contains three original etchings printed on handmade paper: full page etching by Francis Seymour Haden "The Upper Thames" printed by Frederick Goulding (cf Salaman pl. 58 "The Island. Opposite Boyle's farm (H.138); "Contents" page etching by R.W. Macbeth also printed by Frederick Goulding; "In London way" etching by W.L. Wyllie. The initial letters are by Alfred Parsons who did the cover design and the half title, line engravings by Robert Anning Bell for the List of Illustrators and List of Artists headings, line engraving by Walter Crane, Aubrey Beardsley, Alice B. Woodward and others, in all 90 illustrations in a variety of styles and techniques.
Dealer Notes
Henley, William Ernest (1849-1903) English poet, critic and editor. "This is not a full, much less an exhaustive, collection of London verses. It is only a choice for illustration (...)--Henley, prefatory Note.
An anthology of 71 poems, roughly in chronological order from Geoffrey Chaucer to Laurence Binyon, ending with Henley, 50 poets from Matthew Arnold to William Wordsworth, including Rosamund Marriott-Watson and Amy Levy.
A London Garland is of special historical interest for its pictorial content which provides a wide-ranging view of 1890's illustrating styles and techniques. The names of process printers are given for each illustration. Prominently among those are the Swan Electric Engraving Company who notably produced most of the tonal images for The Yellow Book, and André and Sleigh, one of the earliest printing-process firms in Britain, producing work of very high quality. The colour lithography of the endpapers is by Mclagan and Cumming, famous Scottish colour printers.
For an analysis of A London Garland, see, Nicholas Frankel's article, ' Embodying the city in A London Garland.' in 'Victorian Poetry, March 2010.
Author Henley, W.E., editor
Date 1895
Binding Decorative vellum gilt, cover design by Alfred Parsons, endpaper design by W. Gleeson White, a.e.g.
Publisher London: Macmillan,
Illustrator Close to 80 illustrators among whom Arthur Rackham, Walter Crane, Aubrey Beardsley, Cecil Aldin, R.A. Bell, Joseph Pennell, E.A. Abbey, Whistler, Gleeson White et al.
Condition Slightest foxing to half-title and verso frontispiece, binding somewhat dust soiled, else very good. Former owner's bookplate.
Pages pp. xxiv, 203

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