8vo. 11 volumes, set. First editions thus. Original various-coloured cloth, gilt. All but two in acetate or printed jackets. Top edges stained to match the cloth and/or the jacket. Illustrated by John Tenniel, Robert Micklewright, Charles Mozley, Margery Gill, Barry Driscoll, Susan Einzig, Edward Ardizzone & Aubrey Beardsley. Volumes 1 and 4 are without their acetate jackets. The jackets of volumes 7 & 8 are price-clipped. The last three volumes are a little faded on the spines and the laminate is lifting in places along the bottom edge of volume 10. Volume 8 is rubbed at the head of the spine where there is also a creased tear extending to the back panel but repaired with tape on the verso. With these exceptions noted, the books are mostly fine/near fine in near fine d/ws.
1. Alice’s adventures in wonderland & Through the looking-glass & The hunting of the snark; 2. Treasure Island; 3. At the back of the north wind; 4. Fifty favourite fairy tales chosen from the colour fairy books; 5. Tales from Shakespeare; 6. Tarka the otter; 7. The Bastables; 8. By heart - a choice of memorable poems; 9. More favourite fairy tales chosen from the colour fairy books; 10. Robinson Crusoe; 11. Idylls of the king and other Arthurian poems. A complete set of the Nonesuch Press Cygnets. Some of the last books to be published by the press and setting new standards for children’s book design. Uncommon.
Author Various (Carroll, Lewis [Dodgson, Charles Lutwidge]; Robert Louis Stevenson; George MacDonald; Andrew Lang; Charles & Mary Lamb; Henry Williamson; E. Nesbit; Daniel Defoe; Alfred Lord Tennyson)
Publisher London, The Nonesuch Press