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[Keary, Eliza]; John George Sowerby & Thomas Crane, illus.  At home. London: Marcus Ward & Co., [ca. 1881]. 4to (22 cm, 8.66"). 56 pp.; col. illus.
$195.00

A volume of illustrated poetry for children, described as "among the loveliest books ever produced" (Roger Dixon, "The Splendid Press of Messrs Marcus Ward & Company"). Sowerby's color-printed illustrations are framed by Crane's decorative motifs, all accompanying delightful verses written by Eliza Keary (1827–1918). Keary went uncredited here — and indeed under-appreciated in her day, having all but stopped writing for adult readers following a four-sentence dismissal of her work by The Athenaeum in 1874. In the present book, her poems about childish activities (including fishing, gathering flowers, and hosting tea parties) make a perfect complement to the Greenaway-esque art.
        Provenance: Front pastedown with bookplate of Margaret Heydon Folger.

Osborne Collection, p. 50; Opie PP 190. Publisher's brightly color-printed paper–covered sides with green cloth shelfback; spine and edges rubbed, hinges (inside) tender, paper split along gutters and sewing starting to loosen, ready for ongoing comfortable handling if care is used. Pages very slightly age-toned with a handful of spots of foxing, overall clean. => An outstanding Victorian children's production.  (40823)   Please RESHELVE This.


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