London: Harry Quilter, 1898. Harcover, (dimensions 32 x 26cm), 56pp (unpaginated), each separated by a tissue guard, 25 decorative borders and 25 designs, red cloth covered boards with elaborate gilt blocked design to top board, gilt lettering to spine. Large spot (3.5 x 3cm) on spine and wrapping around to front board, a second less obvious spote (1.5cm in diameter) on top board, corners bumped, head and foot of spine tender, complete but disbound. There are amateur pencil drawings on both free endpapers and a previous owership inscription on the front paste-down, together with a note in pencil attributing the decorations and designs to Harry & Mary Quilter. Item #757
Harry Quilter was an art critic, journalist and artist. Although he was admitted to the Bar in 1878, ill health led to a project-based career. Between 1876 and 1887 he was art critic and journalist, primarily for The Spectator, and in 1880-1881 he was art critic for The Times. He published books on art and literature and was a practicing artist whose work was regularly hung at the Institute of Painters in Oil Colours. He also worked in watercolour on vellem. The Pied Piper of Hamelin is his only illustrated book.