Offered here is an extremely rare gathering of seven of the first eight volumes of the Pear Tree Press forerunner, "The Elf," produced and copiously illustrated by James Guthrie, including the three of early numbers, 1899-190 in larger format, with the scarce inserted Guthrie plates (rarely found). As well, the four complete numbers of "The Elf- A Sequence of the Seasons," 1902-1904, in fine condition. 1) "The Elf, A Little Book," No. 2, Winter. Ingrave, 1899, Peartree Cottage. Original purple wrappers with cover vignette by Guthrie, original ties at spine. With scarce six inserted plates by Guthrie at end, as issued: "I- was young Isaac," "M- was the Music," "The Court of Love," "The Angel of Death," "To the River," and "TFG, A Book plate." 250 copies for sale. Some wear and discoloration to covers, VG. 2) "The Elf, A Little Book," Spring Number. Shorne near Gravesend, April, 1900. Winter Number. 300 copies printed. Original beige wrappers with pictorial cover by Guthrie. With scarce six inserted plates by Guthrie at end, as issued: "The Queen," "Will O' The Wisp," "City in the Sea," "The Pool," "The Avenue," and "Ophelia Fowler Duhme." Very good copy. 3) "The Elf, A Little Book," Summer Number. Shorne, near Gravesend, August, 1900. Original green wrappers (faded) with pictorial cover by Guthrie. With scarce five inserted plates by Guthrie at end: U- An Umbrella," "Y- was the Yachtsman," "The Changeling," "Echo," "Amor Omnia Vincit." Covers neatly detached. Very good. 4-7) "The Elf, A Sequence of the Seasons," London, The Old Bourne Press, all designed and illustrated by James Guthrie and printed at the Old Bourne Press [Pear Tree Press forerunner] under the supervision of W. Herbert Broome, 1902-1904, each 25-27pp, and each copies #149 (hand written) of an edition of 250 copies. Guthrie later used the same type appearing in these volumes in the Pear Tree Press books. All four volumes in fine condition. An exceedingly scarce set of seven numbers of this groundbreaking achievement in period design and book illustration.
Price: $3,250.00 Item #4473