First editions of four almanacks for children, with wistful illustrations by Kate Greenaway.
Overall very good plus.
Four Illustrated Almanacks
"In many respects she could be regarded as one of the most exploited, imitated, and promoted artists of the Victorian perion." – Schuster
Greenaway was one of the most successful female artists of the 19th century, her art inspiring a "Greenaway Vogue" (Schuster) and adorning books, greeting cards, crockery, and more. This achievement came after years of study at the National Art Training School and the Heatherley School of Fine Art, where she rubbed shoulders with the likes of Elizabeth Thompson (later Lady Butler), Edward Burne-Jones, and Walter Crane; throughout her education, she agitated for more equal artistic training for women, who were forbidden from nude figure drawing classes.
Greenaway's style, featuring rosy-cheeked children and young adults, captures a romantic and cheerful view of a nostalgic Victorian childhood. Her first illustrated almanack came out in 1883, and one was issued every year until 1897; she would pass away four years later in 1901. But by 1925, audiences once again longed for the past, and in a sort of sentimental ouroboros, Greenaway's art experienced a bit of a renaissance.
This collection of four Greenaway-illustrated books represents two-thirds of the "revival" almanacks, published every year between 1924 and 1929. They reuse illustrations from her earlier almanacks, updating them with the appropriate calendar information. Each book retains its rare original glassine.
Read more: Schuster, Printed Kate Greenaway, items 18 16(b), 19 17(a), 20 18(a), 22 20(a).
London: Frederick Warne & Co., Ltd, 1925, 1926, 1927, 1929. Titles include: ALMANACK FOR 1925, ALMANACK FOR 1926, ALMANACK FOR 1927, ALMANACK & DIARY FOR 1929. 3'' x 4'' (1925); 4'' x 3'' (1926 & 1929); 4.25'' x 3'' (1927). 1925, 1926, 1927 in original cloth-backed color pictorial boards; 1929 in original green imitation goatskin with gilt titles and designs. Each with original text-printed glassine. Each illustrated in color throughout. 1925 and 1926 with  pages; 1928 with  pages; 1929 with  pages. Glassine of 1925 with some edgewear and loss; others with lighter edgewear. Boards with very mild bumping to corners. Leaves clean with vibrant colors.
The Fine Print
We work hard to meet our ethical responsibility to describe our material accurately. All items are guaranteed as described and may be returned for any reason within 30 days. Please notify us before mailing a return.
We guarantee the authenticity of our items. All materials are original (meaning not facsimiles or reproductions) unless otherwise noted. First editions (meaning first edition, first printing) are explicitly stated. TPM is a member of the Antiquarian Booksellers Association of America and upholds their Code of Ethics.
All photographs are of the actual item for sale. We're happy to provide additional images on request.
All domestic orders ship gratis. For orders under $250, free USPS media mail shipping is included; orders $250 and over ship USPS Priority. International orders over $500 also ship gratis. Expedited, overnight, as well as other carriers (UPS, Fed-Ex, etc.), may carry additional costs beyond quoted rates. All orders receive tracking information and a direct contact in case of any questions.
International buyers are responsible for any customs, taxes, and related import fees. Please note that we are unable to accomodate requests to misrepresent, misdeclare, or otherwise falsify customs documents when shipping internationally. We appreciate your understanding.
We accept all major credit cards, Paypal, Venmo, check, money order, and bank wire. We are happy to bill institutional buyers' needs. Sales tax will be added to applicable purchases. Items subject to prior sale.
If for any reason you are dissatisfied with your purchase, please contact us. We prioritize our long-term relationships far above any individual purchase, and we want you to love your item as much as we loved cataloguing it.