Kenneth Grahame. The Golden Age. (John Lane – The Bodley Head: London and New York, 1900) Illustrated by Maxfield Parrish.
Octavo. 252 pages plus 4 pages advertising and 19 illustrations by Maxfield Parrish in photogravure. Bound in boards covered with a mid-toned slate-blue cloth with rows of figural butterflies printed in black with title and author at top in gilt above a black rule, the whole surrounded by a double rule black box which itself is surrounded by a gilt box. Spine in gilt containing Title, Author, Illustrator and at the bottom, publisher as John Lane Company, Printed on a good, heavy wove paper, deckle-edged witht he top edge gilt.
Condidion: Good+, light wear and bumping on all corners present. Front hinge (as opposed to joint) is cracked, rear hinge solid. Signatures are beginning to separate between pages 80 and 81, 160 and 161. There are a few small stains on a couple pages as well.
“Kenneth Grahame (8 March 1859 – 6 July 1932) was a British writer, most famous for The Wind in the Willows (1908), one of the classics of children’s literature. He also wrote The Reluctant Dragon; both books were later adapted into Disney films, which are The Adventures of Ichabod and Mr. Toad and The Reluctant Dragon.” – Wikipedia
“Maxfield Parrish (July 25, 1870 – March 30, 1966) was an American painter and illustrator active in the first half of the 20th century. He is known for his distinctive saturated hues and idealized neo-classical imagery.
“Parrish took many commissions for commercial art until the 1920s. Parrish’s commercial art included many prestigious projects, among which were Eugene Field’s Poems of Childhood in 1904, and such traditional works as Arabian Nights in 1909. Books illustrated by Parrish are featured in A Wonder Book and Tanglewood Tales in 1910, The Golden Treasury of Songs and Lyrics in 1911, and The Knave of Hearts in 1925.” – Wikipedia