Title Highly Decorative Publisher Marcus Ward Chromolithographic Promotional Christmas Card with Flaps
Book Condition Near Fine
Publisher Marcus, Ward & Co.
Seller ID 005507
N.d., circa 1880s. Closed, 11 by 14 cm. Four flaps. When opened, the backs of the flaps reveal fairy couples, and in the center is a light verse entitled "Fly Fairies Fly". The cover side of the flaps shows birds in flight or a butterfly on the very top piece. Oustanding is the silver metallic background throughout, and there are gilt or gold highlights as well. Marcus Ward was a major English publisher of the late Victorian era, with Walter Crane and Kate Greenaway among its most famous illustrators. The company went out of business in 1899.