Ann’s Book... by PARSONS, Jacynth and Karl.

~ Ann’s Book... London: [William Brendon & Son, Plymouth for] The Medici Society, 1929.

8vo (211 × 130 mm), pp. [8], 48, [6]. Title printed in tints, illustrations throughout. Stain/abrasion to last text leaf (p. 48) affecting a couple of words. Publisher’s green cloth, gilt, no dust-jacket. Spine faded, text block cracked in one place, but secure. Early ownership inscription to front free endpaper. A fair copy.

First edition of this attractive book illustrated by Jacynth Parsons. Parsons was a child prodigy, contributing superb illustrations to Ann’s Book by her father, the Arts and Crafts designer Karl Parsons, in 1929. In 1927 the Medici Society put on an exhibition of her ‘Pictures from the age of 3 to 16’ which met with considerable success. She later illustrated an edition of Blake under the patronage of W.B. Yeats, and several other works.

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