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Walter Crane - Flora's Feast : A Masque of Flowers - London, Paris & Melbourne - Cassell & Company Limited - 1895 - Reprint - 40, , 8 pp. - Hardcover - 19,5 x 25,5 cm.
Condition: Good, with normal light wear, corners slightly bumped, but a decent copy.
Antiquarian picture book by the English artist Walter Crane (1845-1915). Illustrated with Arts & Crafts prints of 'flower children' in color. At the back 8 pages with advertisements for other publications. Text in English. Cf. Houfe p. 103-104; Massé p. 39; Braches p. 60-62; 512. Early hardcover edition (later impression) in light blue half linen Art Nouveau book binding with decorated boards.
¶ Long before The Beatles, Walter Crane was born in Liverpool (UK). He made paintings, illustrations, children's books, ceramic tiles and other decorative art, influenced by the movement of Pre-Raphaelism. His book Claims of Decorative Art (1892) became a handbook for book innovation and (in the Netherlands) for 'Nieuwe Kunst' (the Dutch version of 'Art Nouveau').