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Seller: silver-gryph
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London, GB
Ended Jan 22, 2012 11:59:57 PM
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*** The Book of Fairy Poetry edited by Dora Owen Illustrated by Warwick Goble First edition Published by Longmans, Green and Co., London 1920 *** Hardback, publisher’s grey cloth with blue lettering and decorations to upper board and spine, top edges blue, illustrated endpapers printed in grey, 16 tipped-in colour plates mounted on stiff grey descriptive cards with tissue guards, 16 b/w drawings, x, 180 pages. Printed by Turnbull & Spears, Edinburgh. This sought-after fairy book is notable not only for its fantasy illustrations by the Golden Age artist Warwick Goble, but also because it contains one of J.R.R. Tolkien’s earliest published pieces, ‘Goblin Feet’. The poem is accompanied by a colour plate entitled ‘And the padding feet of many gnomes a-coming’, which has the distinction of being the very first illustration to accompany any of Tolkien’s published works – years before The Hobbit (1937) or The Lord of the Rings (see scans below). Warwick Goble (1862-1943) was a contemporary of Arthur Rackham and Edmund Dulac, specializing in fantasy subjects, particularly with Indian and Japanese themes. The son of a commercial traveller, he studied at the City of London School and at the Westminster School of Art. His best-known works include Charles Kingsley’s The Water Babies (1909), Green Willow and Other Japanese Fairy Tales (1910), Folk Tales of Bengal (1912), The Fairy Book (1913) and Indian Myth and Legend (1913), as well as Alexander Van Millingen’s Constantinople (1906) and H.G. Wells’s The War of the Worlds (1898). Dora Owen’s rich selection of verse – separated into three sections: ‘Fairy Stories’, ‘Fairy Songs, Dances, and Talk’, and ‘Fairyland and Fairy Lore’ – includes writers such as Walter de la Mare, Michael Drayton, Florence Harrison, Robert Herrick, Tom Hood, Ben Jonson, John Keats, Andrew Lang, William Allinson, Fiona Macleod, Andrew Marvell, John Milton, Christina Rossetti (Goblin Market), William Shakespeare (The Tempest, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Hamlet and Romeo and Juliet), Robert Louis Stevenson, Alfred Tennyson, W.B. Yeats, Matthew Arnold and Sir Walter Scott, among others. Condition * Please note: There is an ongoing eBay glitch in the UK, whereby “Item Condition: Used” in the Item Specifics may read “Like New” in some countries. Please ignore this if you do come across it (and apologies for any confusion)! * Book complete and intact. Contents very clean overall. Occasional small mark/foxing spot, two adjoining leaves clumsily trimmed or opened, with small tears to upper fore-edge, first (blank) page with small area of surface abrasion, a little bumping to some edges, one short closed tear, last leaf with bumping and nicks to upper edge, plus a little surface loss to paper where adhering to endpaper opposite (probably original production flaw), one mount with small blue mark (probably flaw in paper). One plate with heavy creasing, plus two tiny surface chips to upper edge (see scans), two plates with small, light crease to lower corner (not very intrusive; see scans). One tissue guard with short closed tear, three with tiny nicks. Endpapers as shown, with usual offsetting; front pastedown with small initials, rear hinge with a few short closed tears. Edges of page block with foxing, top dusty. Binding a little loose. Boards and spine as shown, including a little bubbling to cloth, plus small tear to lower joint. Very collectable despite flaws. One of several illustrated books I am listing this week. Please see the many images below for details. To see all my auctions, please click here. For shipping costs, please click on Postage tab at head of this listing. For general payment details, please scroll down to foot of listing, below scans.Any queries please email me before end of auction. *** Below: plate with heaviest creasing. *** Shipping from UK: All goods are securely packed, with multiple purchases combined where possible. Items are generally mailed within one or two days of receipt of payment. Any customs charges are the responsibility of the buyer.Shipping costs: Shipping costs are as per eBay’s shipping menu, near the head of this listing (click on Postage tab). For all non-UK countries, secure registered delivery is an extra £4.95, where desired. This is via Royal Mail’s International Signed For service. Airsure at a little more is also available for some countries, with the benefit of full tracking. Signed For is always recommended for high-value items, but usually optional (I do sometimes make exceptions, particularly for countries such as Italy or Poland, where the postal service is known to be unreliable). Note that my prices include a small sum towards the cost of packaging materials. Payment: I will send an invoice at the end of the auction. UK buyers: payments are accepted by cheque, postal order, bank transfer or PayPal. All other buyers, including US: payments are accepted via PayPal. I can also accept cheques in GB pounds sterling drawn on a UK bank account, or bank transfers in certain cases. I will do my best to accommodate other payment methods, but please email me first to make sure.
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