Almanack for 1886 - Kate Greenaway 1885 - George Routledge &, London - First Edition A near fine, pretty little Almanack, twenty four pages with colour illustrations by Greenaway, engraved and printed by Edmund Evans. The fourth of Greenaway’s popular little illustrative children’s Almanacks, which started with the 1883 edition and was published annually from 1883 through 1897 with one exception in 1896.

In the scarce deluxe binding of faux pigskin, gilt decorated and lettered pebbled white boards, bordered in blue lines, yellow-orange endpapers, all edges gilt. There was also a standard edition of glazed pictorial boards.
  There were three artists that emerged during the 1870's who changed the character of children's picture books for all time - Walter Crane, Randolph Caldecott and Kate Greenaway. Their books were especially designed for children and although Crane and Caldecott are still recognised, the illustrations of Kate Greenaway have endured the test of time and still have a place in the modern-day nursery. Her work is still in print and being merchandised. Her delicate watercolours display the essence of Victorian childhood and have enchanted generations of children and adults since 1878, when her first book - Under The Window - was published. Beginning in 1955, the Library Association of Great Britain established the Kate Greenaway Medal. This is an annual award presented to the artist living and publishing in Britain who has produced the most distinguished children's book illustrations for that year. Receiving this medal is considered the highest honour an English illustrator can receive.

Duodecimo (book size 10.2x7.7cm), pp. 24.
  Condition: Near fine, minor offsetting and some very faint foxing to first and last few pages.   Ref: 101661   Price: HK$ 1,500