Author : Mabel Henrietta Spielmann (Pictured by C. Wilhelm (William Charles John Pitcher ))
Title : The Child of the Air.
Publisher : London, Duckworth & Co., 1910. First Edition.
Language : Text in English.
Size : 9 " X 6 "
Pages : 125 pages.
Binding : Very good and attractive original blue cloth boards with gold stamped lettering and image on front cover (rare in this condition - overall slightly worn and scuffed) under a protective removable mylar cover.
Content : Very good content (bright, tight and clean, a dedication and a small bookseller's sticker on first endpaper).
Illustrations : Beautifully illustrated by C. Wilhelm (William Charles John Pitcher ). Complete with all black &white and colour plates.
Estimate : (USD 125 - USD 200)
The book : Rare and attractive first edition of this major book by Mabel Henrietta Spielmann.
The author: Mabel Henrietta Spielmann - Mabel Henrietta Samuel was born in Liverpool, in 1862, the daughter of Edwin Samuel, and his wife, Clara Yates. She was educated in Brussels, and married Marion Harry Spielmann in 1880, having one son. She died in 1938. In addition to her children's books, Spielmann wrote about the life and work of Charlotte Brontë, and about the history of art.
The illustrator : William John Charles Pitcher (21 March 1858 – 2 March 1925), known as Wilhelm or C. Wilhelm, was an English artist, costume and scenery designer, best known for his designs for ballets, pantomimes, comic operas, and Edwardian musical comedies. In his last years, he focused on watercolour painting, especially of flowers and plant life, and illustrating children's books, including The Child of the Air, and he was elected to the Royal Institute of Painters in Water Colours in 1920.