London: Frederick Warne & Co., [ 1875 ]. Fourth edition. First published in 1872. All editions are uncommon, and the deluxe bindings are particularly scarce. We could locate only one copy of the present work in the deluxe binding in commerce at this time. With a wood-engraved frontispiece and an engraving for every day of the year, all richly hand-colored and decorated in gold. Some notations to ruled interleaving identifying birthdays, mostly in the Salter family (dated from 1878 to about 1910). Very clean and crisp throughout. In a modern custom marbled paper chemise and matching slipcase. A very good, bright copy in the scarce deluxe binding, rarely found in this condition. Publisher’s deluxe blue leather binding, titled in gilt. Some edgewear. All edges gilt. Brown endpapers, with the undated pencil signature of a W.M. Salter to front flyleaf and an 1881 gift inscription (“With Polly George’s love to Aunt May”) to preliminary blank. Sixteenmo. 108 pp., plus ruled interleaving. Item #17331
Edmund Evans (1826 – 1905) was a wood engraver and printer whose work in chromoxylography helped popularize full-color printing in the mid-nineteenth century. Some of his most important works were his engravings for illustrators like Walter Crane, Kate Greenaway, and Randolph Caldecott. Evans’ engravings appeared in Greenaway’s iconic books Under the Window (1879) and Mother Goose (1881), fifty toybooks illustrated by Crane, Caldecott’s The Diverting History of John Gilpin (1878), and many more. See McLean’s Victorian Book Design (pp. 152-158) for more information on Evans.