Boston: Dana Estes, 1910. Florence Harrison. Hard Cover. The scarce first American edition of this lovely book. This collection of Christina Rossetti's poetry, with Florence Harrison's splendid illustrations was published in the same year in England by British publisher Blackie & Son. Blackie commissioned Harrison to illustrate this work as a gift book as part of its Fine Arts Series. Christina Rossetti (1830-1894) is one of the best known English poets of the 19th century. She was part of the Pre-Raphaelite circle as the sister of Dante Gabriel and William Rossetti. This extensive anthology of her work includes such well known poems as Goblin Market and Up-Hill. Florence Harrison (1877-1955) was an important illustrator of poetry and children's books in the Pre-Raphaelite and Art Nouveau styles. In this book are 36 mounted tipped in color plates with their captioned tissue guards intact; There are also 34 full page black and white illustrations and b&w vignettes and title decorations throughout. Bound in original cream cloth with ornate gilt front cover and spine, with designs by Harrison, title, author, and illustrator names. Very light soiling to boards as usual. Light bumping to corners. Front hinge slightly cracked. Interior pages are bright and clean.Decorated grey endpapers with previous owner bookplate on front pastedown. In very good to near fine condition. xxiv +369 pages. POE/042221. Near Fine.
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