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Book Description

CAPE TOWN DICKY, Or, Colonel Jack's Boy. The story of a naughty boy, by Theo Gift, beautifully illustrated with 16 coloured plates by Alice Havers and numerous monotints by Ernest Wilson. 64 pages, publisher's pictorial adverts for picture books and greetings cards at front and end Occasional finger-marks at margins, one corner tip creased. 257 x 200 mm [approx 10” x 8”] 4to cloth spine, pictorial boards; top edge of rear cover marked, corner tips worn and edges grazed. Hildesheimer & Faulkner nd 1st edition [1888], 1st issue, inscribed 1887.
Dealer Notes
The story or a boy who lives in Cape Town but is sent to England to stay with relatives – whilst the story is set in England there are many references to life in South Africa. Dorothy Boulger was the sister of Alice Havers and wrote under the name Theo Gift. Alice Havers was an exceptional artist, one of Hildesheimer & Faulkner's top greetings-card designers whose pictures of exquisite children and beautiful women won her great acclaim, winning her prizes and the patronage of Queen Victoria. Osborne p327, Buday pp230-31, Houfe p337.
Author Theo Gift, illustrated by Alice Havers
Date 1888 1st edition, 1st issue
Binding Cloth spine, pictorial boards
Publisher Hildesheimer & Faulkner
Illustrator Alice Havers and Ernest Wilson
Condition Generally VG
Pages 64

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