|Walker, Frederick, and G[eorge]. J[ohn].
Pinwell (illus.), ENGLISH
RUSTIC PICTURES (London: George Routledge & Sons, n.d. [Preface
dated September 1882]). First edition, 38.5 x 27.5cm [folio], in
publisher's vellum boards w/gilt title to fr. cover & spine, gilt
brown & red decorations to covers (curiously w/Birket Foster's
monogram in gilt to rear) & spine, bevelled edges, a.e. deckle,
[i-viii], [1-126] pp. w/32 India Proof wood engravings by the Dalziels
printed on tinted paper laid on rectos, +1p. publ. advert to
rear. Stated Limited Edition (264/300) printed on watermarked
"Stacey Wise / 1882" handmade paper at the Camden Press, London.
Binding Very Good (a few marks to vellum, & corners sl. bumped
w/lower fr. cover a bit rounded & worn); contents Near-Fine.
Reid 151, Ray 159 ("the engravings ... are to be seen here in their
most attractive setting"), Goldman 52. (Inv. #861) C$500
Along with their Bible Gallery, Foster's Pictures of English Landscape, & Millais's Twenty India Proofs to the Parables, this sumptuous volume of Walker's & Pinwell's best illustrative work was produced by the Dalziels "perhaps aware that their heyday was over and seeking to preserve the high points of their achievement in permanent form" (Ray p.96).