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Gold, Frankincense and Myrrh, and other Pageants for a Baby Girl.

ROBERTSON (W. Graham).

ROBERTSON (W. Graham).

Gold, Frankincense and Myrrh, and other Pageants for a Baby Girl. With Twelve Designs in Colour by the Author.

Black and white vignette on half-title, title printed in red and black, 12 coloured illustrations.

First Edition. 4to. [268 x 210 x 21 mm]. 152, [8] pp. Bound in the original publisher's decorative blue cloth, blocked in yellow and black, plain endleaves, top edge stained blue (rear cover a little discoloured, slight flaking of the lettering on spine).
London: John Lane, The Bodley Head. New York: John Lane Company, 1907

A very good copy, inscribed on the front free endleaf: " "Silly rot, I call it" Tommy in Pinkie and the Fairies. W. Graham Robertson. Jan 1909". Pinkie and the Fairies (A Fairy Play in Three Acts) was another of Robertson's works, first performed at Christmas 1908. He is probably best known as the illustrator of the frontispiece to the first edition of Wind in the Willows, also published in 1908.

Walford Graham Robertson (1866-1948) was a painter, theatre designer, writer, illustrator, art collector, authority on William Blake and friend of Walter Crane, Edward Burne-Jones, James McNeill Whistler, Ellen Terry, Sarah Bernhardt and Oscar Wilde, to name a few. He never married but was inspired to write this pageant by the infant daughter of his deceased friend, the painter Arthur Melville. The coloured illustrations are enchanting and certainly not rot.

Stock no. ebc6083

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Price: £450