The Elf: a Sequence of the Seasons, with original drawing. James Guthrie.
The Elf: a Sequence of the Seasons, with original drawing.
The Elf: a Sequence of the Seasons, with original drawing.
The Elf: a Sequence of the Seasons, with original drawing.
(Pear Tree Press)

The Elf: a Sequence of the Seasons, with original drawing.

Guthrie, James (illus.)

(London: James Guthrie), 1902-3. Four small octavo volumes. 26pp. each, printed rectos only, with the exception of the last volume, Winter, in which the colophon was printed on the verso of the final page. Each volume is one of 250 copies, written, illustrated, and designed by James Guthrie of the Pear Tree Press. The volumes are all lavishly illustrated with Guthrie's artwork, from the numerous full-page illustrations and text decorations in each book, to the decorative endpapers and cover designs. This set comes with Guthrie's original pen & ink drawing for the title page of the Autumn issue. The drawing shows the artist's process in action, as corrections have been made in a number of places. For example, Guthrie changed his hand-lettered name under the title from uppercase to title case, and he decided to redirect the grape vines that form the primary motif of the drawing, removing one small section in the process. The cardstock to which the drawing is affixed has been signed "By J. Guthrie." This set forms the second series of The Elf, the first having been released in 1899 as Guthrie's first publication. Unlike that series, this second group was printed at the Old Bourne Press, and all aspects of the book, from the text and illustrations to the overall design, were achieved to great effect under Guthrie's direction. Bound in printed paper-covered boards. The set is uncommonly fine. Housed in a quarter-leather slipcase and cloth chemise. Item #25847

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