A Basket of Mischief
London: Raphael Tuck & Sons, No date [c. 1881-1895]. E.A.C. illustrator. Fine Art Works, Bavaria, printer. Stiff wraps. 12mo; [12pp]; shaped die-cut, chromolithographed pictorial, glazed stiff-wrapper, 2 staple binding; 6 full-page chromolithographed illustration, one a centerfold; sepia illustrations on text pages; a few light wrapper creases, small chip to front wrapper upper edge (blue bow); very good plus. Three located in WorldCat, 2 in U.S. libraries. Very good +. Item #708
The Raphael Tuck’s company fine work in printing coupled with the die-cut produces a memorable children’s book. Started as a post card company, until WWI, the fine printing work was contracted back in Tuck’s home country of Germany, including in Bavaria and Saxony. In 1893 the company was appointed the Royal Warrant of Appointment by Queen Victoria, and honor that has been renewed by subsequent rulers.
Whitton. Charming illustrations of childhood activities, signed only “E.A.C.”, and not identified elsewhere.