First edition, American issue, printed on dark green paper that contrasts vividly with the tipped-in color plates in Harrison's distinctive style.
Given the clear Pre-Raphaelite characteristics in her work, it is unsurprising to note that she was the first woman to be a commercial illustrator for the work of Christina Rossetti – indeed, it was in part due to the success of RHYME OF A RUN that the Glaswegian publisher Blackie asked her to take on a major project. One of Harrison's particular touches is the heavy black outlines around characters, giving her Art Nouveau-influenced illustrations an effect not unlike stained glass. It is thanks to the work of book collector Mary Rosalind Jacobs that Florence Harrison was identified only in the 21st century as the Australian-born Florence Susan Harrison, not the English artist Emma Florence Harrison. A beautiful copy of Harrison's second book, scarce in the American issue and in this condition.
Read more: Waldrep, Women Illustrators of the Golden Age.
London & New York: Blackie & Caldwell, . 9'' x 11.25''. Original green pictorial cloth gilt. Green patterned endpapers. Printed on heavy dark green paper. Illustrated by Harrison with elaborately ornamented title page lettered in red, 21 tipped-in color plates, 10 full-page black-and-white designs, and many black-and-white vignettes. A bit of the creasing to some plates (as in virtually all copies, due to a finishing fault with the publisher). Faint spotting to rear board and very minor rubbing to extremities.
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