Almanack for 1884.

London: George Routledge and Sons, [1883]. 12mo, [20]pp. Original white pictorial stiff sewn wrappers, lightly soiled with small triangular crease to top inner corner of front cover. Illustrated in color throughout. A very good copy. First edition. Kate Greenaway (1846-1901) started working on her first Almanack in 1882. At this time she was already a well-known illustrator of greeting cards and books for children. The little almanac for 1883 was a little less than four by three inches in size. The almanac for 1884 had a soft cover and was larger than the first one, approximately five and a quarter by three and a half inches. The great commercial success of this almanac encouraged Kate Greenaway to design four calendars for 1884, but the calendars did not sell and she never repeated the experiment. The 1884 almanac probably owed its popularity to the relatively large illustrations showing children engaged in various activities that accompanied the page for each month. It is from this 1884 Almanack that many of Greenaway’s drawings were selected for exhibition in the British Section of the International Exhibition at Paris (Spielmann & Layard, 174). Schuster & Engen 4:2a. (Item Id: 6320)

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