1923- Number One - Number Fourteen Joy Street: A Medley of Prose & Verse for Boys and Girls
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Colour Plates, Decorative Binding, First Edition, Illustrated, Publishers' Original Binding, Scarce
A distinguished British medley of prose and poetry for boys and girls, first editions published in the 1920s-30s, vol. 1 is dated 1923, vols. 2-14 dated from Jisc, first and only editions of this work published annually. Scarcely seen in a complete collection of all fourteen volumes, vols. 1-14 with vol. 13 published as 12A as called for. In the original publisher's uniform attractive decorative cloth bindings.
Containing numerous juvenile short stories and poems by a number of contributors, notably Walter de la Mare; Hilarie Belloc; G. K. Chesterton; A. A. Milne; Compton Mackenzie; Laurence Housman; Eleanor Fajeon; Rose Fyleman; Marbel Marlowe and others.
Illustrated with black and white illustrations in text as well as eight tipped in coloured plates on thick grey paper to vols. 1-6; seven to vol. 7; on white paper six to vol. 11; six to vol. 12; six to vol. 12A; six to vol. 14. Volume 9 features pp. 113-132 in colour; Volume 10 features pp. 121-140 in colour. Collated, complete.
In the original publisher's uniform decorative cloth bindings. Externally smart with minor shelf wear, lightly bumped to head and tail of spine and extremities, lightly faded to spine. In vols. 3; 5; 6; 9; 11; 12; 14 the occasional illustration in text was coloured in crayon or marker, some by mature hand, others by children. Previous ownership inscription to half title vol. 2, dated 1925; to verso front free endpaper vol. 3, 4 dated 1926; Internally, binding is generally tender, holding firm, only split to p. 52 vol. 5. Leaf of plate facing p. 18 vol. 2 loose but present. Pages generally bright and clean. Minor damp marking to inner gutter of pp. 172-73 vol. 10. Illustrated with black and white illustrations in text as well as seventy-nine tipped in coloured plates, and some forty leaves in colour to vols. 9 and 10. Collated, complete.
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