London: Addey and Co., 1853.
First edition. Oblong folio. Original fine-grained blue cloth with bold gilt lettering on cover, maroon cloth spine. Original yellow endsheets with inscription dated 1853. Eleven etchings on steel by E. V. B. 'illustrated in prose and rhyme by M.L.B. and W.M.C. Full-page impressed plates, EVB's magnum opus, these illustrations represent her finest output in book illustration. Rodney Engen describes her as the "only competent woman illustrator, draughtsman to emerge before 1860," and Gordon Ray points out "[EVB] has as unmistakable style as that of any Victorian illustrator. Boyle had a close association with the Pre-Raphaelites, and it is hard to miss the early style influences from Millais, Arthur Hughes and Burne-Jones. In fact, Rossetti decided to illustrate Allingham's famed "Music Master" only because the poem which Allingham suggested he use as a source had already been so perfectly captured in an illustration in "Child's Play," EVB's first book published in the proceeding year. Covers worn and discolored, spine worn. Hinges loose. But all present and plates generally clean and bright, and an exceedingly scarce survival for what is now considered one of the classic illustrated books of the mid-1800's in England. No copies on net and only a few auction records for this rare title.
Price: $2,750.00 Item #2281