London: Eragny Press, 1899. 8vo. Original boards and decorative paper slight worn on spine. 38,  pages illustrations (some color] 20 cm.
Sold by Hacon & Ricketts, London, and Floury, Paris.
Bookplates of Crosby Gaige and Albert Sperisen, collectors.
One of 224 copies of which this is one of 220 copies on paper, 3 wood-engraved illustrations, border, initials and pictorial device by Lucien Pissarro, one double-page illustration printed in gold, green and black, [Tomkinson Eragny 5];
Le frontispice, les bordures, les illustrations, et les lettres ornees ont ete dessines par Lucien Pissarro et graves sur bois par Esther & Lucien Pissarro et le livre fut acheve d'imprimer sur leurs presses a Londres le 16 Juillet 1899."
"Il a ete tire de cet ouvrage 224 exemplaires, dont 200 pour la vente."
Printer's device, Eragny Press, on last page.
Esther Levi Bensusan (1870-1951), the daughter of a Jewish merchant in London, became a leading book illustrator during the height of the Arts and Crafts movement in England. As a teenager studying at the Crystal Palace School of Art, she met Lucien Pissarro (1863-1944), son of the French Impressionist painter Camille Pissarro. Married in 1892, she and Lucien Pissarro shared a deep admiration for William Morris and the artistic ideals embodied by his Kelmscott Press books. Following the birth of their daughter Orovida in 1893, the couple established the Eragny Press, which specialized in high-quality literary editions illustrated with wood-engravings. Item #51-3900