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WALTER CRANE (1845-1915) "The Song of Sixpence Picture Book." Full cover design created for the John Lane re-issue of this title from the George Routledge Picture Books series of the 1870s (London & New York: John Lane, circa 1909). White gouache on blue paper. 235x240 mm; 9 1/4x9 1/2 inches, on 10 1/2x9 3/4-inch sheet. Front cover with Crane's monogram near lower center image and on spine at lower left, float mounted with stepped matte. Rear cover is darker blue paper, with Crane's and publisher's monograms, taped to matte. The two framed together (rear cover on back of frame).
Provenance: Laurie E. Deval, associate of Percy H. Muir at Elkin Matthews Ltd. booksellers, London; purchased by Maurice Sendak, circa 1960s; gifted by Maurice Sendak to Lynn Caponera; private collection, New York.
The artwork once hung on Sendak's wall in his private retreat farmhouse (Cambridge, New York).