London, Paris and New York: Raphael Tuck & Sons, Ltd., Publishers to Her Majesty The Queen, Undated. Hardcover. Unpaginated, six of the Tuck plates plus perhaps double that number of pages of pithy observations by literary celebs on comradely excellence. Hardbound in a small decorative format popular in the late 19thC: 6x4 inch boards with wide backstrip of ornate filligree gilt on white cloth, each cover finished off with narrow papered fore-edges; rather worn, with an obvious repair at the head, most of the plates are loose with one slightly damaged. The versos of three plates are pencil-scribbled by a child, recto images unaffected. FYI, very difficult to bind cardstock leaves successfully, not surprising these worked free. Plates are on alkaline coated stock, text on slightly acidic matte card. We cannot guarantee that all plates are present but the binding shows no telltale gaps. As is. The illustrations themselves are cliche'd flowerbeds and rural vistas, the usual super-pleasant imagery destined for throwaway presentations.
The author's phoney-sounding moniker is actual, and googles. So should "Tuck" whose firm was one of the finest color-litho presses in England, rivalling their obsessively detailed German counterparts. If you like violets and pansies, you will like the item.