Slightly worn at extremities and upper board slightly rubbed, otherwise a remarkably nice copy.
(for worse children)
FIRST EDITION. Oblong 4to. 11 x 8.5 inches. 48pp. Every page illustrated
*Inscribed by the Marquess of Dufferin and Ava 'from the proud farther of the illustrator'. Basil Temple Blackwood was son of the 1st Marquess of Dufferin and Ava. He was a Lawyer, Civil Servant, and book illustrator as well as serving in the army during WW1. He was killed in action in 1917. Whilst at Oxford, he became friends with Hilaire Belloc.
In 1896, Belloc approached Blackwood to illustrate his book of humorous children's verse, The Bad Child's Book of Beasts. Blackwood's amusing pen and ink sketches were in a style which has been described as "German expressionism" and were credited only to "B.T.B." Blackwood went on to illustrate several more of Belloc's books.
[Stock No. 24599]