Publisher: London: Smith, Elder, 1865.
Edition: First illustrated edition.
Bibliographical References: Noted under Clarke A23.8; noted under BAL 7622; Ray, The Illustrator and the Book in England, 242; OCLC records nine copies, but only two in the U.S. (Peabody Essex and Morgan).
Condition: Cloth a little spotted and worn; edges lightly foxed; very good copy. Scarce.
Book ID: 27464
Description8vo, original blind- and gilt-decorated red cloth, gilt lettering. Frontispiece, pictorial title-page and three plates engraved on wood by W. J. Linton after works by Walter Crane. Four pages of publisher's advertisements, which include three pages of "Opinions of the Press on Transformation . . . by Nathaniel Hawthorne."
CommentsA reprint of the third English edition of Transformation (the English title of The Marble Faun), but the first illustrated edition and notably so: It contains early examples of book illustration by Walter Crane. As Ray notes: "Crane's most interesting illustrations before his toy books are for a reprint of Transformation." The three years prior to this, Crane had been an apprentice with Linton, and here they collaborate.