The Secret Garden - Frances Hodgson Burnett, Charles Robinson (Illustrator) 1911 - William Heinemann, London - First English Edition, and First Edition illustrated by Robinson Mistress Mary, the orphaned expatriate, without ‘Ayah’, arrives at the dark, draughty, gloomy and cold Misselthwaite Manor.

A magical portrayal of reawakened spirits, elegantly bound by Bayntun RIvière, with illustrations by Charles Robinson, including eight coloured plates with captioned tissue guards.
  Frances Hodgson Burnett (1849-1924) grew up in England, but she began writing what was to become The Secret Garden in 1909, when she was creating a garden for a new home in Long Island, New York. Burnett was already established as a novelist for adults when she turned to writing for children. Little Lord Fauntleroy, written for her two young boys; the play A Little Princess, which became the basis for the novel of the same name; and The Secret Garden are the works for which she is most warmly remembered.

Charles Robinson (1870-1937) was a watercolour painter, illustrator and decorator. He was the son of Thomas Robinson, a wood engraver. Robinson was educated at Islington High School and Highbury School of Art and subsequently apprenticed to the lithography firm Waterlow and Son. He first came to notice in 1895 when his drawings were published in the influential magazine The Studio and he was asked to illustrate R.L. Stevenson's A Child's Garden of Verses. Charles Robinson and his brothers William Heath Robinson (1872-1944) and Thomas Heath Robinson (1869-1950), were among the most popular illustrators of the Edwardian period. Charles Robinson was elected President of the London Sketch Club, and in 1932 was elected to the Royal Institute of Painters in Watercolours (the RI). According to Simon Houfe, Robinson's illustrations had eclectic sources, and were 'partly inspired by the prints of Durer, partly by the Pre-Raphaelites, their space often suggestive of Japanese prints.' – Victoria and Albert Museum.

Reference: Houfe,
The Dictionary of British Book Illustrators and Caricaturists 1800-1914, 435-6, 453.
Octavo p(binding size 20x15.6cm), pp. [4] vii [1] 306, 6 (publisher’s advertisements) [6].
  Bound by Bayntun-Rivière in full green morocco, the covers tooled with a gilt panels, a gilt block illustration on the front cover, the spine lettered and intricately decorated in gilt with one line panels, and tooled bands, gilt decorated turn-ins, hand-marbled end leaves, all edges gilt, original cloth cover bound in at rear.   Condition: Fine   Ref: 109645   Price: HK$ 15,000