"Some of the most beautiful works either woman ever painted" (Schnessel)
THE BOOK OF THE CHILD
By Mabel Humphrey, illustrated by Jessie Willcox Smith and Elizabeth Shippen Green
First edition of Smith's most acclaimed work, a turning point in both her career and Green's, in beautiful condition.
THE BOOK OF THE CHILD
"More than any other work, this creation brought Smith and Green into the limelight. Neither woman would ever have to worry again about lack of illustrative assignements." – S. Michael Schnessel
With Smith's and Green's successful BRYN MAWR CALENDAR behind them, the two women worked together on another calendar project that captured the same magic of their collaboration, which seemed to bring out the best work in both of them. Stokes immediately asked to publish the illustrations in book form and commissioned best-selling children's book author Mabel Humphrey to write poems to match the illustrations. The result was THE BOOK OF THE CHILD, distinguished for its rich colors and breathtaking compositions. It put the creations of Smith and Green into high demand, changing both their careers forever. An already scarce title, it is rarely found in such clean condition.
Read more: Schnessel, Jessie Willcox Smith, 38.
New York: Frederick Stokes, 1903. 15'' x 13.5''. Original quarter cloth, paper pictorial boards. October 1903. Illustrated with 4 full-page color illustrations by Green (one tipped-in), 3 full-page color illustrations and color cover by Smith, and smaller in-text illustrations by both. Printed in black with some details and titles in red. 30 leaves, printed on rectos only. Except for some general soil and wear to extremities this is a bright and clean copy.
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