THE BANBURY CROSS SERIES, PREPARED FOR CHILDREN BY GRACE RHYS
J.M. Dent & Co. pub., London, 1894-5, complete set of twelve volumes bound in gilt green cloth with ribbon ties, illustrations by R. Heighway, Sidney H. Heath, R. Anning Bell, H. Granville Fell, Violet M. & Evelyn Holden, Alice B. Woodward, H. Isabel Adams, Alice M. Mitchell, Charles Robinson.
Titles: Aesop's Fables, Fireside Stories, Little Red Riding Hood & Tom Thumb, Ali Baba and the Forty Thieves, Nursery Rhymes, The House That Jack Built and Other Nursery Rhymes, Sleeping Beauty: Whittington and His Cat, Fairy Gifts & Tom Hickathrift, Cinderella & Jack & the Beanstalk, Jack the Giant-Killer & Beauty & the Beast, Aladdin: or the Wonderful Lamp, Blue Beard & Puss in Boots
Spines are rather faded, in contrast to the covers, which retain a good depth of colour. "Cinderella & Jack & the Beanstalk" lacks one ribbon tie, with the other very frayed and at risk of loss also. "Sleeping Beauty; Whittington and His Cat" lacks ribbon ties altogether. "Ali Baba and the Forty Thieves" lacks one ribbon tie. "Fireside Stories" with only one ribbon tie, hanging by a thread.
For all volumes, gilt top page edges are fairly dirty. Corners are bumped and worn generally but otherwise there are no tears to the cloth. Overall, pages are in good condition, with minimal foxing. Light fading/discolouration generally and some finger marks. Endpapers are most significantly browned. Some small tears to deckle edges. "Jack the Giant Killer & Beauty & the Beast" with some torn out corners. "Nursey Rhymes" with pencil scribbling inside back cover. Bindings overall are sound, with some slight tears at seams.