London and New York: John Lane: The Bodley Head, 1900. Maxfield Parrish. Early printing. Hardcover. 252,  pp. Octavo [20.5 cm] Red cloth with a gilt stamped title on the spine and front cover, and ornamental gilt stamped patterns on the front cover. Top edge gilt. Deckled fore and bottom edges. With eighteen full-page illustrations and an illustrated title page by Maxfield Parrish. The spine is rolled, and the boards are a bit concave. The spine and front board are faded (gilt still bright). There is a contemporary gift inscription on the front free endsheet. The top margins of a number of the pages are lightly damp stained (in a couple of instances bleeding into the edge of the illustrations). The text block is just starting to crack in a couple of places. Complete, all plates present. Good. Item #47263
Before the age of 30, Maxfield Parrish had worked as an illustrator and poster designer for Harper's Weekly, Scribner's Magazine, Ladies' Home Journal and the National Weekly. Parrish took full advantage of the new technologies in color reproduction and established himself as the master of fantasy and romance. He quickly became one of the best designers in what has been referred to as the "golden age of illustration."