Caw Caw! Or The Chronicle of Crows. A Tale of the Spring-time.
Caw Caw! Or The Chronicle of Crows. A Tale of the Spring-time.
Caw Caw! Or The Chronicle of Crows. A Tale of the Spring-time.
Caw Caw! Or The Chronicle of Crows. A Tale of the Spring-time.
Caw Caw! Or The Chronicle of Crows. A Tale of the Spring-time.
(Juvenile)

Caw Caw! Or The Chronicle of Crows. A Tale of the Spring-time.

Blackburn, Jemima (illus.)

Philadelphia: Henry B. Ashmead, c. 1862. Small quarto. 16pp. With hand-colored title page and fifteen full-page hand-colored illustrations from line drawings. The cover and title page identify the author of this work as "R.M." and the illustrator as "HBA" (i.e., Henry B. Ashmead). In fact, the illustrations are by Jemima Blackburn—who was married to noted Scottish mathematician, Hugh Blackburn—and this work is a piracy of an apparently popular work that was first printed in London in 1855 and remained in print in Scotland into the late 19th century. The arrangement of the images and text—a long narrative poem charting the life of a group of crows, who run afowl of a group of farmers and get shot at for their trouble—prefigures an Art Nouveau sensibility in which the image wraps surrounds the text. This edition is quite rare, with only one recorded institutional copy at Brown University. In publisher's wrappers, printed in green ink. Wrappers show edgewear, soiling, and chipping; lower spine split; ink erasure on upper margin of front cover with slight loss. Internally clean and fine. Item #29105

Price: $750.00