Title: The Gateway to Romance
Author: Emily Underdown
Illustrator: Innes Fripp
Year: 1909
Publisher: Thomas Nelson And Sons
Binding: Hardback
Remarks: c.1909
Book Condition: Good
Jacket Condition: N/A


Description: An enchanting book portraying the romantic and magical world of fairy tales. Retold from William Morris's The Earthly Paradise, it contains 9 tales inlcuding The Six Gifts, The Man Born to be King, The Apple of Venus, and The Hero – all illustrated with 16 beautiful colour plates, numerous b&w drawings and ornaments in the Art Nouveau style.

Beautiful, heavy binding with intricate floral gilding on front cover and the spine; pages gilded on top. Decorated endpapers, but the fep has been cut out (its twin image is still on the rep, though). Full-colour frontispiece protected by tissue paper with heavy foxing, but frontis not affected. There is an ink inscription on the back.

All pages are affected by different degrees of foxing – with exception to the colour plates, which remain as new. Two plates have come loose, otherwise the binding and the spine are sound.

Measures 9.4″ × 7.4″ (23.5 cm × 18.5 cm). Large 8vo. 299 pp. + 5 pages detailing other books by the publisher.


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