English Rustic Pictures, India Proof Edition

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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).

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