CALDECOTT,RANDOLPH. PICTURE BOOKS. Complete set of Caldecott's 16 picture books, published in London by George Routledge, engraved and printed by Edmund Evans two per year beginning in 1878. Bound in 2 volumes, one 8 1/2 x 9", the other oblong 9 12/ x 8" to accomodate the larger books, margins trimmed, bindings tight. Those in the first volume are all first editions and have both covers bound in. Those in the oblong volume have front covers bound in, presumably first editions but you need the back covers to be definitive. Binding is contemporary half leather and marbled boards with gilt spines and raised bands. The leather is scuffed but not unattractive, edges rubbed, very minor foxing on first page, occasional margin mark, no wear to the covers or text, VG. Internally, each book is illustrated with 8 wonderful full page color illustrations and many in in line in Caldecott's landmark style. Two titles were printed each year starting in 1878. The titles are: The House that Jack Built, John Gilpin, Mad Dog, Babes in the Wood, Sing a Song for Sixpence, Queen of Hearts and Farmer's Boy. All in the first volume are first editions. Volume 2 contains The Milkmaid, Hey Diddle Diddle, Bye Baby Bunting, Frog He Would a-wooing go, Come Lasses and Lads, Ride a Cock Horse, Great Pajandrum, Mrs. Mary Blaize, and the Fox Jumps over the Parson's Gate, Caldecott is considered one of the great illustrators of children's books whose influence on illustrators is felt to this day.