New York: George Routledge & Sons, 416 Broome Street, No date [c. 1880]. Kate GREENAWAY. First American Edition. Boards. [JUVENILE] [ILLUSTRATED] [POETRY]. Wemple & Company, New York, Art Lithographers.
First American edition. 8vo;  7-64pp; two-tone green glazed pictorial boards, title in red; all edges stained yellow; blue-green endpapers; gift inscription on verso ffep dated Christmas 1880; color pictorial title page; “Drawn on Stone & Printed by Wemple & Company” on copyright page; color illustrations throughout printed by stone lithography; scuffing of board edges, offsetting of some color printing to adjoining page, scattered light foxing, light age-toning of paper; very good. American College of Printing lists this edition as announced in Publisher’s Weekly, 1880, p. 437. Schuster & Engen 201, 2a. Very good. Item #1444
Kate Greenaway (1846-1901) was a beloved English author and illustrator of children’s books. Though she lived in Victorian era England, Greenaway’s illustrated children were dressed in the style of the late 18th century, evoking a nostalgic air. A treat in this first American edition is the inclusion of illustrations dropped after the first English edition was published, including the Witch and poem on page 35, the Goblin on page 46, and the scary “old man” kidnapping a boy on page 63.