Tall 12mo (4 ”x 7 ”). pp. 63. Unsigned Art Nouveau binding design by Laurence Housman of titles in the upper left corner and rhythmic, interlaced floral forms across the front board joining with 6 sets of triple-ruled bands across the spine to repeat the gold interlaced floral design on the rear board in a mirror image of the front board; a.e.g. Includes 12 full page (some with double page opening) and numerous textual illustrations by Laurence Housman. A cautionary tale about the importance of sisterly love in the guise of an encounter between sisters Laura and Lizzie and evil goblin merchants. Although Rossetti insisted that she did not write Goblin Market as a children's fairy tale poem, Lewis Carroll's Alice’s Adventures In Wonderland (1865) was partially inspired by it (Roe, An Introduction to Goblin Market. British Library). This was the first stand-alone publication of the Goblin Market, and was designed as a complete work of art by Housman, whose approach to book design was similar to that of Dante Gabriel Rossetti before him. Housman was the first to use the tall narrow 12mo format, which other fin de siècle book designers would use to great effect. (Kooistra, Christina Rossetti and Illustration p. 84) A near fine copy with light, scattered foxing to the front pastedown and ffep; isolated spots of foxing to the edges of the tissue guard which lightly offset to the verso of the half title; otherwise a lovely copy. Kenyur Hodgkins 99; Turn of a Century 22; Taylor, Art Nouveau 106; Colbeck 690, no. 21


Author Name: [Housman, Laurence (binding design and illustrations)]; Rossetti, Christina

Categories: Other,

Edition: First

Publisher: London, Macmillan & Co.: 1893

Binding: cloth

Book Condition: Near fine

Seller ID: 1701