8vo, pp. xxiii, [1 (blank)], 400, [4 (publisher’s advertisements and blank)]; wood-engraved frontispiece and 46 illustrations in the text after drawings by Harry Furniss; a few light spots, frontispiece lacking tissue guard, otherwise a very good copy in the original red cloth, lettered and ruled in gilt, upper and lower boards with central gilt vignettes of Sylvie and Bruno, black endpapers, all edges gilt; extremities very lightly rubbed, slight cracking on block, spine a little faded.
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First edition, a presentation copy inscribed by the illustrator Harry Furniss on the half-title ‘To Miss Ethel I. Bolton with Harry Furniss’ and Sylvie and Bruno’s Best Wishes New Years Day 1890’, using the printed text of the half-title, with a drawing of Sylvie and Bruno holding up a banner bearing part of the presentation text. Sylvie and Bruno was published on 12 December 1889, so this copy was inscribed in the three weeks following publication.
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