London: R. H. Russell, 1898. First American Edition. 1/2 cloth. Very Good Condition. Large Quarto. Linen backed pictoral boards. Toned boards, nicked and rubbed, corners tipped, but solid and firm. Contents internally clean. Former owner's neat signature on ff. Tiny bookseller's label on pastedown. Complete with 12 colored lithographed plates after wood cuts by William Nicholson plus the Bus Driver illustrated on front board in red and black. Publisher's listing of Nicholson's titles. Quatorzains by W. E. Henley on verso.
Honored for his bold portrait of Queen Victoria, Nicholson's woodcuts of traditional English subjects reign in the new tradition as a modernist. Plates include Guardsman, Hawker, Beef-Eater, Sandwich-man, Coster, Lady, Bluecoat Boy, Policeman, News-Boy, Drummajor, Flower Girl, Barmaid, with image of Bus Driver illustrated on front board. Very Good. Item #7379