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1 Caldecott, Randolph Caldecott's Picture Books Containing all 16 titles
London George Routledge & Sons 1878 First edition Hardcover Very Good Randolph Caldecott 
This custom made pull-off case contains all 16 first editions of Caldecott's Picture Books. The card covered books are fully illustrated [printing by Edmund Evans] on each page with a combination of monochrome and colour. The pull-off case is leather quarterbound with gilt titling and decoration to the spine. All 16 titles are shown in gilt lettering on the spine. There is a small gilt monogram [HEG] to the 'upper board' of the case. The case measures 25x23x6 cm [10x9x2.4 inches] and all 16 books fit snugly inside. The books changed format and size slightly between the first and last eight from portrait [228x206 mm] to landscape [203x236 mm]. The Picture Books were published annually, in pairs, from 1878 until Caldecott's death in 1866 - always in time for Christmas they were the forerunners of the later Christmas Annuals [Randolph Caldecott Society]. The 16 titles are: John Gilpin [1878], The House that Jack Built [1878], The Babes in the Wood [1879], The Mad Dog [1879], The Three Jovial Huntsmen [1880], Sing a Song for Sixpence [1880], The Queen of Hearts [1881], The Farmer's Boy [1881], The Milkmaid [1882], Hey Diddle Diddle and Baby Bunting [[1882], A Frog he would a-Wooing Go [1883], The Fox Jumps Over the Parson's Gate [1883], Come Lasses and Lads [1884], Ride a Cock Horse to Banbury Cross and A Farmer Went Trotting [1884], Mrs. Mary Blaize [1885], The Great Panjandrum [1885]. These first edition versions are considered to be more collectible than the later editions published posthumously by Warne, not only because they are firsts, but due to the fact that the engravings in the Routledge books reproduce the subtlety of the colour of the original illustrations - the Warne editions are considered to be brighter and not as true to the artist's intentions. The case has a small stain, c.4x3 cm, on the inside edge [does not penetrate] with some wear to corners of case and slight rubbing to top/tail of spine. Three of the books have a name inscribed to the top of the front cover [presume by style to be original owner] and several of the books have an original bookseller lable [Barrett of Chichester] to the front cover. There is the occasional finger smudge to the books, with some wear to the spine / edges of the card covers, but overall the books are in very good condition. 
Price: 875.00 GBP
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2 Caldecott, Randolph The Panjandrum Picture Book No. 4
London and New York Frederick Warne and Co. Ltd Decorative Cloth Good Good Jacket Randolph Caldecott 
n.d., c. 1940's [based upon the printer's, Edmund Evans, address on dj]. Contains 24 full page coloured wood engraving with sepia engravings on all of the other pages. Printed by Edmund Evans the colour and quality is very good and the content of the illustrations provide a good window on to Victorian society. This volume contains five children's stories all previously published individually. Larger size volume - 24x20 cm; 23 pp. Dust Jacket: small chips to folds [reinforced with archival tape] and a few short closed tears to edges. Now in protective cover. Binding: tape stains to edges of end papers; remains of library card on rear paste down. Interior: Library stamp twice to title page and small number stamp to one prelim and last page. A few short closed tears, now reinforced with archival tape and one larger tear to plate, otherwise clean. 8vo - over 7" - 9" Tall, Oblong. Ex-Library. 
Price: 45.00 GBP
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