London: Macmillan & Co., MDCCCXC . First Edition thus. Decorative Cloth. Preface by Austin Dobson. Crown 8vo (179 x 115mm): xxiv,,305,pp, with 182 illustrations by Hugh Thomson. Publisher's forest green cloth and end papers, gilt lettering and vignettes to spine and upper cover, all edges gilt. Book label of Wiston Old Rectory (a Grade II listed building in West Sussex) to corner of front paste down. An excellent example, slightly cocked but virtually pristine, tightly bound and clean throughout. Balston G3. Fine. Item #BB1778
Macmillan's late nineteenth-century reprints of classic tales illustrated by fine artists came to be known as the Cranford Series, after Mrs. Gaskell's Cranford, illustrated by Hugh Thomson and published in 1891. The series ran from 1876 (Old Christmas) to 1907 (Silas Marner), and includes 24 crown octavo volumes, instantly recognizable by their distinctive forest green shiny cloth publisher's bindings with rich gilt pictorial designs on upper covers and spines and all edges gilt. N. B. With few exceptions (always identified), we only stock books in exceptional condition, carefully preserved in archival, removable polypropylene sleeves. All orders are packaged with care and posted promptly. Satisfaction guaranteed. (Fine Editions Ltd is a member of the Independent Online Booksellers Association, and we subscribe to its codes of ethics.).