Two volumes from the Plays for Children Series: Snowdrop and the Dwarfs; The Fairy Fruit.
GANDY Ida (1926.)
£450.00 [First Edition]
Designed by Jessie M. King
First editions. Nos. 6 & 8 from the Gowans & Gray series, Plays for Children. Small 8vos., in original card wrappers, and beautifully illustrated glassine wrappers, one by Jessie M. King and the other by her husband, E. A. Taylor. Edinburgh, Gowans & Gray Ltd. 1925 &
Two charming plays for children with beautifully designed wrappers by Jessie M. King and E. A. Taylor. Snowdrop and the Dwarfs is Gandy's version of Grimms' enduringly popular tale that was later made into Disney's first animated full-length film (as Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs). Taylor, who is now less well-known than his wife, Jessie M. King, attractively illustrates the tale, choosing the friendship between Snowdrop and the bear, Bruin (who saves Snowdrop multiple times), as his subject. Taylor was a Scottish artist, and was also a designer of furniture, interiors and stained glass. He has closely imitated the style of the latter for this art deco design: the black outlines of Snowdrop, the bear, the trees, leaves and berries have a decidedly cloisonnistic feel.
The Fairy Fruit is a sweet tale of a Christmas miracle, featuring the Fairy of the Christmas Tree, masterfully brought to life on the cover by King's luminous design. Gandy's original story weaves mischievous sprites, goblins and fairies into a tale of two brave siblings who (temporarily) sacrifice their youth to cure their sick mother. King, who was one of the Glasgow Girls, was a Scottish illustrator, best know for her illustrations of children's books and her fine, teeming, decorative style. Her design for The Fairy Fruit is bold and bright; evoking the warmth and magic of the tale, and cheerily celebrating the festive season that it takes for its setting.
Some chipping and rubbing to the delicate glassine wrappers. Snowdrop and the Dwarves, missing the half title. The Fairy Fruit, with a small tear to the top of the half title and childish ownership inscription to the title page, otherwise in remarkably good condition.
Stock Code: 233514