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Doyle, Richard. Jack the giant killer. London: Eyre & Spottiswoode, . 4to (25.1 cm, 9.88"). 48 pp.; col. illus. $550.00
Doyle (1824–83), a popular and prolific artist known for his work for Punch as well as his illustrations of Dickens, Thackeray, and an assortment of children's books, drew and hand-lettered this version of the classic fairy tale when he was just 18 years old. The present copy includes => the uncommon tipped-in publisher's leaf, noting that "neither trouble nor expense have been spared to reproduce the original in exact fac-simile . . . the mistakes [in the handwritten text] have been purposely left uncorrected — and the many splendidly drawn illustrations, alive with humour and glowing with colour, reappear with undiminished glory." This is => the first manuscript facsimile edition.
Provenance: From the library of American collector Albert A. Howard, small booklabel ("AHA") at rear.
Osborne Collection, p. 29. Publisher's cadet blue cloth, front cover pictorially stamped in red and orange; without dust jacket (as is almost always the case), spine slightly sunned, extremities rubbed, sides with minor dust-soiling. Front hinge tender. Pages mildly age-toned with margins thumbed, overall clean. => A pleasing copy of this charming Doyle production, with the uncommon publisher's note. (41167) Please RESHELVE This.
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