Lot 28 of 271:
Signed by Walter Crane 1/300  

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Lot closed - Sold For:$900
Estimate:
$600 - $900

Title:
The First of May; a Fairy Masque. Presented in a series of 52 designs
Author:
Crane, Walter
Place:
London
Publisher:
Henry Sotheran and Co.
Date:
1881
Description:

57 mounted proofs on India paper comprising: half-title, title, dedication leaf, sectional title, colophon and 52 full page plates. (Oblong folio) 37.4x46.5 (14¾x18¼"), mounted on heavy, unbound sheets, as issued, cloth backed portfolio with printed paper label ornamented with fairies rigging up their Mayday masque. First Edition. Number 39 of 300 numbered copies of proof photogravures by Goupil & Co. on India paper, signed by the artist

A Fairy play dedicated to Charles Darwin. Second proofs; there were also 200 sets of the first proofs produced on India Paper measuring 23½x17". Gumachian 1924; Masse, pp. 32-33 (incorrectly described).

Lot Amendments
Condition:
Portfolio shows some wear, moderate rubbing, lacking ties; foxing to plates mostly in margins; very good or better.
 
Item number:
309140
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