London: Macmillan and Co., 1908. [Children's classic] First Detmold colour illustrated Edition. Octavo (22 x 4.5 cm); pp.xii, 314,  advertisements. With 16 full-page colour plates. Publisher's red cloth pictorially blocked in gilt, top edge gilt. Contents clean, a little shelfwear/rubbing to binding. Near fine. Charles Maurice Detmold and Edward Julius Detmold were English graphic artists, twins, born on 21 November 1883. Due to the illness of their father, they grew up in the care of their uncle, Dr E B Shuldham, who had acquired a notable collection of Japanese woodprints of plants and animals. This encouraged the twins to commence drawing animals and plants at a very early age, and resulted in a debut (aged 13) at the Royal Academy and the Royal Institute of Watercolour Painters, with nature studies in the Japanese style. The Detmolds subsequently learned techniques of watercolour etching and of colour printing with copper plates. Item #55182
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