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This is the first edition (undated), published by Chatto & Windus in 1886, of Bret Harte’s The Queen of the Pirate Isle, (58 numbered pages), with 28 noted illustrations by Kate Greenaway, engraved and printed by Edmund Evans.
The cover (8.75" x 6.5"), beige background, with color illustrations front and back, gold title text in black lined frames, gold border frames front and back, and title/author/artist lettering to the spine, is in good condition. The spine is slanted. The outside corners have shallow bumps. There are a number of light spot stains, but the overall impression is of a clean, unfaded cover, with the illustrations and lettering clearly legible, with no significant stains, and with a solid connection to the inside, which is also in very good condition. There is foxing to the title spread gutters, and a number of spot stains, but no significant stains to the pages, on which all the art and lettering is, effectively, as new.
The gilt edges, which I believe is a marker for the first state, are also unfaded. The only attachment is a small Sotheran & Co stamp to the front inside cover. There is no writing, and no scribbling or like marks to any pages. The binding is tight, with no loose or missing pages. There are no page tears or creases.
This is an excellent copy, as can be seen in the accompanying photos.

Illustrations by Kate Greenaway
Francis Bret Harte (25 August 1836 – 5 May 1902) was an American author and poet, known for his short fiction set during the California Gold Rush. The Queen of the Pirate Isle, is a tale about the adventures of of 4 children in a California mining camp.
Catherine Greenaway (17 March 1846 – 6 November 1901), known as Kate Greenaway, was an English children's book illustrator and writer. She was one of the most popular children’s book illustrators of the Victorian era. Her work has stood the test of time, resonating with today's readers. Greenaway's paintings were all reproduced by the firm of Edmund Evans.
Edmund Evans (23 February 1826 – 21 August 1905) was a prominent English wood engraver and color printer during the Victorian era. His specialty was full-color printing, which, in part because of his work, became popular in the mid-19th century.
Using a woodblock printing technique known as chromoxylography, he was able to produce a variety of hues and tones by mixing colors. It was a complicated process, requiring intricate engraving to achieve the best results. With his eye for detail, using a hand-press, as many as a dozen colour blocks for a single image were utilized. He was the most renowned wood engraver and color printer in Britain, during the second half of the 19th century.
This is a scarce, first edition in near fine condition.

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    The Queen of the Pirate Isle Bret Harte

    Estimate $75 - $100Jan 11, 2018