London: Routledge, 1887 - 1889; fine blue cloth with red letters on gilt banner, beveled edges, aeg, brown endpapers; comprising four volumes, each titled and numbered separately, with full page drawings on one side only, most in colour, oblong 15 x 11"x 1 3/8" thick. Picture Book hardback.
Randolph Caldecott's work for the "Graphic" magazine covered sports and funny little stories of English, mostly rural, life, as well as articles on his travels, (a marvellous analysis of how the French are able to make the awkward bathing of the time look elegant!) A children's book person is accustomed to Caldecott's view of a romantic English past, and this glimpse into his view of his contemporaries is just delightful. We'd expect the graceful movement and genial good nature of the drawings, but Caldecott's writing is a happy surprise. He's very funny, always perceptive, never cruel.
CONDITION: Good Plus; no names or other marks, fairly tight, repaired front hinge paper, quite rubbed on the bottom edge with a scrape which caused a bump and half inch rip, now repaired; pages in clean, unwrinkled condition and without foxing except for the half title and plain title of the first section. In clear mylar jacket. Heavy and oversized. Contact us for shipping charge. Item #19590