Item Details

Rainford & Parris

Literature, modern first editions, children's, illustrated.

The Tailor of Gloucester


Deluxe edition. 11 x 14 cm blue cloth with ornate gilt stamped decoration and small pictorial onlay to font board. All edges gilt, pictorial endpapers, 85[1]pp printed on one side only. A very good copy with a little light rubbing to the corners and spine. Name in pencil to the half title page and very light finger marks to p.52 and p.62/63, otherwise it appears beautifully clean and fresh inside. This deluxe edition replaced the floral fabric deluxe edition. The title page is dated 1903 and Linder (p.423) notes: ‘ [the floral fabric pattern] edition was replaced in October 1904 by one having a gilt decorated cloth cover with gold lettering. Copies having the year 1903 on the front of the title page would have been bound from the first edition sheets.’ It has double page endpapers repeated twice. We can find only one copy at the time of listing, with the 1903 dated title page, and in this binding to have appeared at auction in the last 30 years and another forming part of the Leslie Linder bequest to the Victoria & Albert museum (LB 1579). Far more scarce than the floral fabric edition.