17th March 2021
GREENAWAY, Kate (illustrator) and Mrs. Sale BARKER. Kate Greenaway's Birthday Book for Children. London: George Routledge and Sons, [1880.] First edition, signed by Kate Greenaway, 24mo (88 x 89mm.) 12 colour plates, numerous uncoloured illustrations, turquoise endpapers. (Mild toning.) Original beige pictorial cloth, lettering to upper and lower covers (browning). Note: the inscription reads: ['Presented to'] 'Jane Locker, by Kate Greenaway, Rowfant, 25th August 1880'. Jane was the wife of Frederick Locker-Lampson. Kate's involvement with the Locker-Lampson family was greatly beneficial to her career and Frederick introduced her to artistic and literary circles in London. Later, Greenaway replaced the friendship and mentoring of the Locker-Lampsons for the company of John Ruskin. His advice proved a disaster for her career and confidence. Provenance: Jane Locker (signed to in ink by Kate Greenaway); 'Lilian' (gift inscribed to her by Laurence [Hodson], book collector).
Hammer price: £170
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