OLD ENGLISH SONGS & DANCES

London: Longmans, Green

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OLD ENGLISH SONGS AND DANCES (ASSOCIATION COPY). London: Longmans, Green & Co., 1902. Ten old English songs and six dances decorated with colour illustrations by W. Graham Robertson throughout. Text hand-written. Engraved and printed by Edmund Evans, The Raquet Press, Swan Street, London. Evans was a prominent wood engraver and colour printer during the Victorian era and developed a woodblock printing technique using a hand press and as many as a dozen colour blocks for one image. First edition. Folio. 15.5 X 11 ins. 60 pp. Cloth backed pictorial boards. Companion of Oscar Wilde, friend of Burne-Jones and acolyte of Ellen Terry, Graham Walford Robertson was a painter, illustrator, costume designer and writer about town in turn-of-the-century London. He went by the name W. Graham Robertson because he didn’t want to share initials with Great Western Railway. The printer, Edmund Evans, was a prominent wood engraver and colour printer during the Victorian era and developed a woodblock printing technique using a hand press and as many as a dozen colour blocks for one image.The result is impressive. This delightful book is inscribed by the author/artist on the front flyleaf, “To William Heinemann with good wishes from Graham Robertson”. Two years later Heinemann published Robertson’s “French Songs of Old Canada”. Loosely inserted the decorative bookplate of Charles Laughton (the actor?). A well-loved book with wear and soiling to binding extremities. Interior solid and bright.

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