Children's Stories from Dickens, Re-told By His Grand-Daughter and Others Illustrated by: [Frances Brundage], Harold Copping, The Baroness Orezy, Willis Grey, Edith Scannell & Major Giles; edited by Edric Vredenburg

By: Dickens, Charles

Price: $34.95

Quantity: 1 available

Book Condition: Very Good


104 pages; Publisher's green cloth, pictorial decoration in gilt on the front cover and spine, beveled edges to the boards. Date is approximate. Minor wear to the binding, with a short, trifling tear at the edge of the rear free endpaper, some tanning to the first and last leaves (transfer from the paper of the endpapers), and a black ink rectangle to a small portion of the title page (effectively obscuring a single name). The first Tuck-published text with this title was issued about 1890, with 48 pages of letterpress text, and 12 chromolithographed illustrations by Frances Brundage. By the time of the DIckens centenary in 1911, the Tuck firm published a more luxurious edition with a slightly altered title page, naming the author's grandaughter: "Children's Stories from Dickens Re-told By His Grand-daughter Mary Angela Dickens and Others." London: Raphael Tuck & Sons, 1911.. Illustrated by Harold Copping. There was a special issue of this new and expanded Tuck edition issued in a numbered edition of 500 Copies signed by Dickens' Grand-Daughters, with Dickens' Centenery stamp on upper pastedown -- in gilt- decorated red cloth, all edges gilt. The book offerred here appears to have been issued by Tuck in the years between these two editions-- probably about 1907. The text had grown to 104 pages, but the Tuck stock of the color plates appears to have been exhausted. So this copy was issued with the alteration to the title page mentioned above, on which the first name of the list of illustrators, contained in a border formed by a decorative shield, was neatly and effectively blacked out. This was Frances Brundage -- the artist responsible for the colored plates (not present in this copy). Frances Isabelle (Lockwood) Brundage (1854–1937), the daughter of the artist Rembrandt Lockwood -- was a mainstay of the firm of Raphael Tuck & Sons. She was responsible for a number of popular images depicting attractive and endearing children on postcards, valentines, calendars, and other ephemera. As a book illustrator, she became known for illustrated children's classics such as the novels of Louisa May Alcott, Johanna Spyri, and Robert Louis Stevenson, and traditional literary collections such as The Arabian Nights and the stories of King Arthur and Robin Hood. In the case of Alcott, the remarkable story is that the young artist sold her first professional work – a sketch illustrating a poem by Louisa May Alcott – to the author. Brundage was her married name -- Frances Lockwood married William Tyson Brundage in 1886 and worked prolifically under that name until her own death at 82, in 1937. Raphael Tuck founded his firm in 1866. The great international boom in postcards made Tuck and his heirs a great success. Many of the Tuck firm's charming chromolithographs were printed in the founders' native Germany. It may be that, even before the difficulties created by the first World War, it took time to restock color plates, particularly those stocked from foreign printers. This issue, with wonderful black and white plates and text illustrations by Harold Copping, The Baroness Orezy, Willis Grey, Edith Scannell & Major Giles -- may have been prepared to clear out the remaining stock of sheets before the planned enlarged edition which Tuck was to issue in the centennary year of 1911. Or, it may be that only a few copies of this issue were published, by necessity, without the colored chromolithographs. Either way, it makes commercial sense that the firm would delete the name of one of their most popular artists, whose fine work was (temporarily) not included in these few copies issued without her chromolithographs. A scarce Dickens "B" item -- not mentioned in OCLC, etc.

Title: Children's Stories from Dickens, Re-told By His Grand-Daughter and Others Illustrated by: [Frances Brundage], Harold Copping, The Baroness Orezy, Willis Grey, Edith Scannell & Major Giles; edited by Edric Vredenburg

Author Name: Dickens, Charles

Categories: Childrens, Decorative Bindings, Literature, Illustrated Books, 19th Century, Antiquarian Books, Childrens and Juvenile,

Publisher: London, Raphael Tuck & Sons: 1907

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition: Very Good

Size: Small 4to

Seller ID: 39747