Item #20948 London Town. Felix Leigh, unattributed.
London Town.
London Town.
London Town.
London Town.
/Thomas Crane and Ellen Houghton, illustrators.

London Town.

London: Marcus Ward & Co., 1883, first or early, green spine, cream boards with orange designs, horse and carriage on front and ads for At Home (1881) and Abroad (1882) but not At Home Again (also 1883) on back, yellow topedge, decorative endpapers with London Pride hidden in tracery, smooth heavy paper, 4 to; 56 pp. Picture Book hardback.

A charming guide to late 19th c London. Ornamental page designs by Thomas Crane, Walter Crane's brother, and the art director at Marcus Ward, and figure drawings by Houghton, their first cousin. "This late Victorian book of children's poetry presents a bright and cheery view of London at the height of its imperial glory. Felix Leigh, who wrote the verses, was a prolific writer whose drawings and poems were featured for many years in the magazine Boy's Own Paper. The illustrations are by Thomas Crane and Ellen E. Houghton. Crane designed the ornamental pages and Houghton did the figure drawings. Thomas Crane was the older brother of Walter Crane (1845-1915), "who brought about revolutionary improvements in illustrated children's books by ensuring that text and illustrations were designed together to produce a harmonious whole." . World Digital Library. (V&A) Note condition of this copy.

CONDITION: Reference copy; MISSING 2 leaves, free front endpaper and half title page; boards worn all around, quite loose with two separations showing, spine glued down by owner; all other pages are present and bright, clean, and flat. Beautiful colour. Item #20948

Price: $15.00

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