As well as offering blank pages to fill with the autographs of the talented and famous, the book features a history of autograph collecting, advice on how to begin a collection and ideas on how to organize the album. At the end there is a Wall of Friendship, a section where the owner can record the names of close friends and family.
The Kate Greenaway Autograph Book offers today’s autograph collector more than just blank pages for pop icons and sporting heroes to sign. The book is divided into six sections, each beginning with a full-page picture. It includes a biography of Kate Greenaway and a short introduction which defines an autograph, narrates the history of the subject and gives advice on starting a collection. It ends with a list of Further Reading and a Wall of Friendship, a secret section which, unlike the rest of the book, you fill in yourself with the names of your closest friends and family.
At the time of her death in 1901, Kate Greenaway had established herself as one of the most popular children’s illustrators of all time. She wrote, illustrated and designed all her major books herself, and also produced paintings, greetings and Christmas cards. In common with other books in Sheldrake’s successful Kate Greenaway collection, this autograph book contains a number of illustrations which are reproduced here for the first time since their original publication.
Wall of Friendship
Kate Greenaway was born in London in 1846. By the time of her death in 1901, she was a successful and world-renowned book illustrator, admired by contemporaries such as John Ruskin. Her illustrations depict scenes from the mid-19th century and convey her nostalgic love of childhood, home life and rural tranquillity. Her work remains popular today and is commemorated by the Kate Greenaway Medal, awarded annually to a children’s illustrator for distinguished work.