The First UK Printing published by George Harrap & Co. in 1916 (nd). This title was issued in three editions: The standard grey cloth ( priced at 20 shillings), full leather edition (priced at 30 shillings) and a limited signed edition of 125 copies bound in vellum ( priced at 3 guineas). The BOOK is the standard edition and is in Very Good++ condition. Grey cloth with black and white oval paste-on surrounded by intricate cloth decoration in black, top edge gilt, 320p. The spine and board edges are slightly sunned and spotted. Light markings to the covers. Light spotting to the prelims and occasional pages. Free from inscriptions. It is lavishly illustrated with 16 colour plates mounted on heavy stock, with lettered tissue guards, 24 full page black and white plates plus many decorative tailpieces. All plates and guards are present (the plates are in Fine condition. Some of the tissue guards are a little age toned and creased in places). The illustrations are striking. Harry Clarke first illustrated book. Clarke was an Irish stained-glass artist and book illustrator who was born in Dublin and was a leading figure in the Irish Arts and Crafts Movement. Clarke's work can be compared to that of Aubrey Beardsley, Kay Nielsen, and Edmund Dulac. Clarke's stained glass work includes many windows. Highlights include the windows of the Honan Chapel in University College Cork; of the latter, a window illustrating John Keats' The Eve of St. Agnes (now in the Hugh Lane Municipal Gallery in Dublin) and the Geneva Window, (now in the Wolfsonian Museum, Miami, Florida, USA). Perhaps his most seen works were the windows he made for Bewley's Café on Dublin's Grafton Street. Clarke tragically died of TB at the early age of 42yrs. At the time of listing the only available copy on the market. Collectible.
Author Andersen, Hans Christian
Publisher Harrap & Co. (London ) : 1916
Illustrator Clarke, Harry
Condition Very Good++