London: Sampson Low, Son, and Marston, 1868.
First edition. Original reddish brown cloth with superb gilt and black stamped cover design of dragonflies, gilt lettering on cover and spine. Tinted frontispiece, line drawing on title page, and fifteen exquisite color lithographic plates by Boyle, with printed tissue guards attached at the gutter (three lacking). Line drawings throughout by Boyle. AEG. A wonderfully preserved copy, expertly recased with all the original cloth; a book commonly found disbound, this copy is the scarce first edition, of which few turn up on the market. Near fine, with slight foxing. A rare survival of one of the more cunning and visually pleasing colorplate children's books of the period.
Price: $750.00 Item #4959