First edition, first issue, of the famous "designer picture book" (Brian Alderson).
Very good plus.
"[T]here is a fresh, pure fragrance about all her pictures as of new-gathered nosegays" Austin Dobson on UNDER THE WINDOW
UNDER THE WINDOW is best known as the book that made Greenaway famous, spring boarding her career to become one of the most influential women artists of the Golden Age of Illustration. Though very much a Victorian production, it was one of the first major successes of a modern approach to picture book design that would dominate the genre in the 20th century: weaving the text and image into a cohesive thematic whole. Greenaway's nostalgic and bucolic style even brought old fashions, like children's smocks, back into style. The book's print run sold out immediately, with readers' affectionate but heavy handling making it difficult to find copies in beautiful condition today.
Read more: Schuster & Engen, Printed Kate Greenaway: A Catalogue Raisonne, 201.1a; Alderson, "Just-So Pictures: Illustrated Versions of Just So Stories for Little Children," in Children's Literature Vol. 20; Perry, "Girlies and Grannies: Kate Greenaway and Children's Dress in Late Nineteenth-Century Britain," in Fashion Forward; Dobson, "Illustrated Books" in The Library.
London: George Routledge & Sons, . Large octavo. 9.25'' x 7.25''. Original quarter dark blue-green cloth, green pictorial boards with large central pictorial vignette. Dark blue coated endpapers, all edges stained yellow. Illustrated by Greenaway in color, engraved and printed by Edmund Evans. No printer's ornaments on page ; "London, Engraved and Printed at Racquet Court by Edmund Evans" on page ; "End of Contents" at bottom of page 14. 64 pages. Some wear to boards, a bit heavier at corners. Hinges showing a bit of cracking but holding firm. Faint signs of handling.
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