Original Friendship Album / Album Amicorum with 4 colour-lithographs.
[London], ca. 1880. Oblong-12°. / Miniature Children’s Book (11 cm long x 7,3 cm high). 28 pages with 4 colour lithographs. Illustrated Hardcover. First page and two illustrations cleanly detached. Several entries of children in this friendship-album. The illustrated binding in very good condition. A Kate Greeneway Album Amicorum is extremely rare in any condition !
Catherine Greenaway (17 March 1846 – 6 November 1901) was a Victorian children’s book illustrator and writer whose work influenced the children’s style of the day. The only daughter of a successful draftsman and wood engraver, she studied graphic design and art between 1858 and 1869.
Her first book, “Under the Window” was an instant best seller and brought her celebrity, and was followed by the equally popular and critically successful “The Birthday Book” (1880), Mother Goose (1881) and “Little Ann” (1883). Concurrently, she developed a career as a water-colorist; with illustrators Walter Crane and Randolph Caldecott, Greenaway’s work revolutionized the children’s book market. In the late 1870s Greenaway initiated a collaboration with printer and engraver Edmund Evans which lasted two decades. (Wikipedia)