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Featuring 10 full-color plates, numerous black-and-white drawings, a redesigned layout, a lovely new font, and fresh border details. Plus a striking gilt, white & red embossed pictorial cover on black cloth. This re-presents a rare and treasured 1875 edition by the very collectible "EVB," one of the very few women artists of her day. Her books are rare and highly prized. Drawn in a formal early Victorian style, not unlike the work of Walter Crane. This recaptures the fairy tale's magic not only through the artwork, but with a retelling that is also by EVB.
EVB's wonderful little black and white vignettes remind us of the work of J.J. Granville and Richard Doyle. They feature fairies, anthropomorphic insects, frogs and even a monkey. The color work here is very early for the Victorian era. This was first published in quite a fancy, upscale volume. Color printing at this time was still a rarity and reserved for only special, deluxe editions like this one. It's fascinating to see how this classic was imagined nearly 150 years ago, and comparing it to both Disney versions and most recently, the lovely new work by Kinuko Y. Craft. What a history this tale has had.
From Wikipedia: "EVB has been considered the most important female illustrator of the 1860s. In 1845 she married Richard Cavendish Boyle (1812–86), a younger son of the 8th Earl of Cork; R. C. Boyle served as the rector of Marston Bigot in Somerset (1836–75) and later as Queen Victoria's chaplain. Because of her social position, she rarely exhibited or sold her artwork — actions that would have been déclassé in the standards of her time and place."
"Consistently, in both her visual art and her books, she employed her initials, E. V. B., to mask her identity."
"Boyle applied her skill as a watercolorist to illustrate children's books. In 1852, a small volume titled Child's Play matched Boyle pictures with traditional nursery rhymes like "Little Boy Blue." She illustrated a wide range of similar books, including Tennyson's The May Queen (1860) — she was a friend of the poet — and the fairy tale Beauty and the Beast (1875) — she depicted the Beast as a sabre-toothed panther."
In 1868 she illustrated The Story Without an End; and in 1872 she became one of the first British artists to illustrate the stories of Hans Christian Andersen and set a new standard of quality for Andersen illustration. Boyle was familiar with many of the Pre-Raphaelites; Dante Gabriel Rossetti called her "great in design."
Kindness and character triumph over appearances in this age-old tale about the value of inner beauty and the power of love. Beauty and the Beast continues to entertain generations of readers and influence popular culture, inspiring an endless series of storybook interpretations as well as numerous adaptations for stage and screen, most notably, the 1946 version directed by Jean Cocteau and Disney's award-winning 1991 animated feature.
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Item Code BEBEAH Publisher Calla Publish Date 2017 ISBN 9781606601037 Binding Hard Cover - No Dustjacket Dimensions 7x10 # Pages 58pg Color Text/Partial Color