A Mirror for Witches, Esther Forbes, Robert Gibbings, First Edition


With wood engravings by Robert Gibbings, A Mirror for Witches tells Esther Forbes’ tale of Doll Bilby, a witch of Salem.


A Mirror for Witches, written by Esther Forbes, illustrated by Robert Gibbings

A Mirror for Witches was written by Esther Forbes. It tells the fascinating story of Doll Bilby, a wild child who became one of the Witches of Salem. This hardback is illustrated with twelve wood engravings by Robert Gibbings.

This is a first edition. Published in 1928 by William Heinemann, London.

Esther Forbes (1891-1967) was an American novelist, historian and children’s writer who received the Pulitzer Prize and the Newbery Medal.

The Irish artist Robert Gibbings (1889-1958) was already a successful wood engraver when this book was published in 1928. He had purchased the Golden Cockerel Press in 1924, and presided over the Press until 1933. He worked alongside Eric Gill, Eric Ravilious and many other artists during what became the golden era of the Golden Cockerel Press. This was a highly creative period for Gibbings. A Mirror for Witches is a very collectable example of his work in the 1920s.

This book is nearly one hundred years old. It is in good condition. It has deckled-edge pages with some fox marking on the endpapers and some slight age marks on the endpapers. The hardback cover is slightly marked and there is slight scuffing on the spine. The inside pages are clean and the wood engravings are well printed.

Read More about Esther Forbes (1891-1967).

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