Lot 199: Complete set of Kate Greenaway's Almanacs
1st December 2016
Author: Greenaway, Kate; Title: Complete set of Kate Greenaway Almanacks, including several variants, three in dust jackets, and a presentation copy with distinguished provenance; Place Published: London; Publisher: George Routledge and Sons / J.M. Dent; Date Published: Date Published: 1883-1895 & 1897; Description: A complete set of Greenaway's Almanacks all in the original bindings. 19 volumes in total including 3 variant bindings for the 1884 almanac, and 2 variants each for the 1887, 1890, 1892 issues. The 1885 and 1891 issues include the original printed dust jackets (the latter with text in French), the 1897 issue included the original glassine jacket. Housed together in a custom green morocco-backed case with spine lettered in gilt.The 1889 issue bears a presentation from Kate Greenaway on the half Title: Miss Fripp, from Kate Greenaway, Dec. 1889. On the opposing leaf is a presentation inscription from author and bibliophile John Drinkwater: "John Drinkwater 1920. This dear little book is for my dear little Toby." This volume is separately housed in a custom chemise and full blue morocco solander case. There was no almanack published for 1896. Condition: Just minor wear; overall fine, certainly among the nicest sets extant.
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