THE SECRET GARDEN
Mozley, Charles; Burnett, Frances Hodgson
Price: 2,750.00 AUD
New York: Franklin Watts, Publisher's dummy copy. With an original watercolour frontispiece, 3 plates, and pictorial endpapers, all by Charles Mozley, plus printed title page decorated with a floral design in brown [ink?], 2 printed sample text leaves, and numerous binder's blanks; cream papered boards, spine lettered in gilt, the boards decorated with an all-over pattern of gilt leaves and grasses; all edges green; contained within a cream papered solander box, the lid lettered and decorated in gilt, slightly soiled, edges a trifle rubbed; Franklin Watts, New York, n.d. *An elaborately bound dummy for an unissued edition of the children's classic, illustrated by British artist Charles Mozley. Loosely inserted is a handwritten note, dated 10 Feb. 2005, from renowned typographic designer, author, and book collector Ruari Mclean, stating that he received the item from the artist, 'and it was as far as I know never published. I just kept it because I admired it!' Mozley (1914-1994), was a prolific artist, illustrator, and graphic designer, designing over 300 dust wrappers for books, and illustrating many books for adults and children, both in Britain and America. Between the early 1950s and late 1970s, he illustrated over 30 children's books, many for Franklin Watts of New York, including classic such as Black Beauty, Pinocchio, Perrault's Fairy tales, and Sleeping Beauty.