French Songs of Old Canada. Pictured by... With Translations.

French Songs of Old Canada. Pictured by... With Translations.
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London: William Heinemann, 1904. Folio, (66), with 14 pp. pamphlet-stitched insert containing translations. Each song with music and lyrics, illustrated with three wood engravings, two in color, printed by Edmund Evans. Original quarter brown buckram and white boards, upper cover with woodcut lettering and illustration. Boards soiled, occasional toning and offsetting within, a very good copy with an original watercolor for the book (10 x 15.25 inches, matted, slightly foxed). First edition, 1 of 350 copies; this copy is accompanied by the original watercolor double page spread for the song Joli Coeur de Rose. Walford Graham Robertson (1868-1948), was a portrait and landscape painter, illustrator and designer, influenced by Walter Crane, but best known as a collector of William Blake. This is a sequel to his Old English Songs and Dances (1902), also printed by Evans, described by Ray as “one of the most delightful of English illustrated books”. The charming illustrations show the influence of Nicholson and are a fine example of Evans’s later printing. Ray, The Illustrator and the Book in England, p.176. (Item Id: 8849)

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