Country Sketches for City Dwellers. Mrs. Willingham Rawnsley, Alice Julia Rawnsley.
Country Sketches for City Dwellers
Country Sketches for City Dwellers
Country Sketches for City Dwellers
Country Sketches for City Dwellers
Country Sketches for City Dwellers
Country Sketches for City Dwellers

Country Sketches for City Dwellers

London: Adam & Charles Black, 1908. Rawnsley, Mrs. Willingham [Rawnsley, Alice Julia]. First Edition, First Printing. Hardcover. A Fine copy of the first edition, first printing, in the Publisher's original green cloth, with the front board and spine lettered in gilt and lettered and decorated in blue and gilt, and with the closed page block having the top edge gilded (some pushing to the spine ends, some offsetting to the pastedowns and terminal free endpapers, a spot of foxing as well as some toning to the closed page block's bottom edge, bookseller's plate to the front pastedown's lower left corner), in a Fine dust jacket (some age toning, short closed tear at the front panel's bottom edge), and being one of the scarcer publications in Adam and Charles Black's Colour Books series of works. "Country Sketches for City Dwellers" (a book containing 16 full page colour illustrations, each with tissue guard presenting the relevant caption) was a rare instance of Black's agreeing to issue a vanity publication. "The New Forest", published by A & C Black in 1904, also had been produced by Mrs. Rawnsley, but the Publisher issued only a large paper edition of a mere 100 copies. Presumably Black had determined that the market for such books was waning. Rawnsley also offered "Country Sketches for City Dwellers" to Black for publication, but they declined to take the risk inherent in producing and publishing the book. Consequently, we have here a rare instance of Black issuing a vanity publication, offering to publish 1,500 copies of the book upon receipt of 150 Pounds (excluding the cost of corrections, whether by the firm or by the author) from Mrs. Rawnsley. Ultimately, Black published 2,000 copies but sent forth to the market only 200 copies of them, making sales of this book likely the lowest of any of the books in the series. This copy feels surprisingly tight and unread. Several of the tissue guards remain adhered to their respective illustrations at the top edge, giving further evidence that the book has not been used. An altogether Superior copy of this uncommon book. Fine / fine. Item #2661

Price: $350.00