Columbia’s Courtship by Walter Crane

columbia-fpAs part of Great Britain’s participation in the 1906 World’s Fair in Chicago, legendary Arts and Crafts artist Walter Crane was commissioned to produce a special commemorative book in a limited edition. The result was Columbia’s Courtship, an epic poem about American history, written and hand lettered by Walter Crane with each verse part of a full-page of illustration and decoration. It is one of Crane’s most unusual and striking works.

Columbia’s Courtship is one of Walter Crane’s rarest and hardest to find works. It has never been reissued in print or digital format and because of the limited size of the original printing, copies of that edition are extremely difficult to track down. As far as we know, the eBook version we recently released through Amazon is the only reprint in existence.

That eBook is also included as part of a new mini-package available here for just $39, but in honor of Columbus Day you can get $10 off with the coupon code COLUMBUS through friday. It includes high resolution versions of all the illustrated pages, including the frontispiece, plus both a PDF version of the book and the eBook. The images are licensed for reprint with limited rights. The package can be ordered in our ONLINE STORE.

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2 comments on “Columbia’s Courtship by Walter Crane

  1. Anne

    Great book, but the World’s Fair wasn’t in Chicago in 1906. Given the content, perhaps this was for the 1893 World’s Fair/Columbian Exposition that was held in Chicago?

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