Robin Hood and his Merry Men by E. Charles Vivian (Ward Lock, circa 1928) illustrated by Harry G. Theaker Red Cloth

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Robin Hood and his Merry Men | E. Charles Vivian | Ward Lock, circa 1928 | illustrated by Harry G. Theaker | Red Cloth

 

Robin Hood and his Merry Men

by E. Charles Vivian, illustrated by Harry G. Theaker
Ward, Lock & Co. Limited, [No Date] circa 1928

A volume in the 48 colour plate (incl. endpapers) ‘Prince Charming’ series from Ward, Lock & Co., published from the late 1910s and through the 1920s/1930s. Titles include ‘Alice in Wonderland’, ‘Hans Andersen’s Fairy Stories’, ‘Robinson Crusoe’, ‘The Water-Babies’, and ‘Tales from Shakespeare’.

Harry George Theaker (1873-1954) illustrated several titles in this series, including ‘Grimm’s Fairy Tales’ (1920), ‘Stories of King Arthur’ (1925), and ‘The Adventures of Don Quixote’ (1929). Originally published in 1927*, this copy likely an early reprint with no mention of ‘Don Quixote’ in the list of other books published.

Hardback – publisher’s red cloth with onlay plate to front board, titles and decoration in black to front and spine. pp 338, [6] publisher’s catalogue, including colour plates and illustrated endpapers. 8.25 x 6.25 inches approx. (212mm x 158mm).

Robin Hood and his Merry Men | E. Charles Vivian | Ward Lock, circa 1928 | illustrated by Harry G. Theaker | Red Cloth

Cloth lightly rubbed and worn to extremities, a little marked and stained in places; spine a touch sunned; spine ends turned-in; bumped to upper corner of front board; a small nick to onlay plate at left-hand edge. Endpapers split to gutter especially rear endpaper with mull/scrim exposed but hinges still holding firm; pages showing some light foxing and somewhat dusty and marked in places but generally appear clean throughout; edges of page-block dusty and spotted.

Nonetheless, remaining an attractive copy and nice to find in the red cloth (more commonly found in the usual grey/beige cloth of this series) – quite lovely.

£35.00

*ref. British Library; The Dictionary of 20th Century British Book Illustrators by Alan Horne (Antique Collectors’ Club, 1994)

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