GREENAWAY, KATE. 1846-1901. Under the Window: Pictures and Rhymes for Children. London: George Routledge, [1879].

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GREENAWAY, KATE. 1846-1901.
Under the Window: Pictures and Rhymes for Children. London: George Routledge, [1879].

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13 Jun 2019, 13:00 EDT

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GREENAWAY, KATE. 1846-1901.
Under the Window: Pictures and Rhymes for Children. London: George Routledge, [1879].
4to (236 x 184 mm). Illustrations engraved printed in black outline only by Edmund Evans. Publisher's cloth-backed pictorial paper boards, blue-green endpapers. A TRIAL/PROOF COPY.
BOUND WITH: Another copy, illustrations engraved and printed in colors by Edmund Evans. THE FIRST EDITION, FIRST ISSUE.
WITH: Autograph Letter Signed ("Kate Greenaway") to Frederick Lockyer making an appointment "to talk to you about the drawings [for Under the Window]," 1 p, 8vo, bifolium, 2nd sheet mounted to paste-down endpaper, 11 Pemberton Gardens, February 20, 1879.

AN IMPORTANT AND UNIQUE COPY OF GREENAWAY'S FIRST SOLO BOOK, AND ONE OF THE MOST INFLUENTIAL CHILDREN'S BOOKS OF THE VICTORIAN AGE. A proof/trial copy in two states, this is the first issue of the completed work, bound with a unique trial/proof copy printed only in black outline, presumably a presentation for either Locker or Greenaway. Affixed to the front fly is an autograph note from Greenaway to Frederick Lockyer dated February 20, 1879, in which Greenaway requests to come see Lockyer to discuss the drawings. According to Edmund Evans, "The title Under the Window was selected afterwards from one of the first lines. At the suggestion of George Routledge & Sons I took the drawings and verses to Frederick Locker, the author of London Lyrics, to 'look over' the verses, not to rewrite them, but only to correct a few oddities which George Routledge & Sons did not quite like or understand. Locker was very much taken with the drawings and the verses, and showed them to Mrs. Locker with quite a gusto; he asked me many questions about her, and was evidently interested in what I told him of her. I do not think that he did anything to improve the verses, nor did K. G. herself" (Spielmann p 57). Ultimately, Evans published Under the Window with a highly ambitious print run of 20,000 copies in time for the holidays in 1879, and sold out within weeks, necessitating an immediate second printing of 50,000 copies, giving rise to numerous imitators, and establishing Greenaway as one of the most important illustrators of the Victorian world. An "epoch-making book," according to Spielmann and Layard. Schuster & Engen Reference Copy 1c (documenting this copy).
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GREENAWAY, KATE. 1846-1901. Under the Window: Pictures and Rhymes for Children. London: George Routledge, [1879].
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