Older picture books and juvenile literature from the early 19th c to the 1920's.
"A patchwork of story and song" a long fantasy involving two children and the strange characters. Beautifully coloured plates, still very bright. Frances and Thomas (Tom Hood) were the children of the poet Thomas Hood the Elder. They collaborated on a series of young children's books.
143 Rhymes. Taken together with the volume published in the previous year by Zeiger they comprise "all that is valuable in this particular department of juvenile literature." Most are one or two to a page with varied decorative borders and lovely small engravings. Some longer ballads and many unfamiliar rhymes and variants here. The later Smith editions are in World Cat, but this, presumably first, edition is not.
A lovely gift book, beautifully designed and drawn with delicate fairies, flowers, and wistful ladies.
A real treasure, which has been read and cared for. Catherine Patricia Bray has very carefully lettered her name and the date, Dec. 25, 1914, with black and red ink in deco style. Her light pencil guidelines are still evident.
Hilda played happily in her Greneda, West Indies home, unaware that she was soon to be sent thousands of miles away, to France, to school. Her father felt the experience of "finding her level" would be good for her character, but for a long time she was miserable at school. Her classmates teased her for the wonderful gift her nurse had given her, a beautiful handmade West Indian doll. The international flavour of this book keeps it from being a Sunday School tract.
A full collection, with the Child's Garden, the Child Alone, Garden Days, and all the Envoys, including To Auntie.... What did the other children do/And what were childhood, wanting you?" Over 100 delicate illustrations spread liberally throughout the front matter and text. A later gift edition of C. Robinson's first fully illustrated book, published when he was only 25 years old, and well received on both sides of the Atlantic.
In his preface To the Friendly Reader, Lang writes: "This is the third and probably the last of the Fairy Books of many colours." but of course it was not! Stories borrowed from many cultures. Forty-two tales, short and long, many less familiar tales, each with a one word source. (Southey's Three Bears).
Stories from Africa, Australia, and N. America among others. Most presented by Mrs. Lang, "who does not give them exactly as they are told by all sorts of outlandish natives, but makes them up in the hope white people will like them, skipping the pieces which they will not like." Makes one curious about the originals!
Nineteen chapters with titles like "A Grasshopper's Remarks", chatty observations by the animals on their lives and relatives, filled with small, less fanciful, drawings. By an Oakland, California author of numerous books about natural science and history for children, this book being her first.
Children have taken Lilliput, Brobdingnag, and the Houyhnhnms as their own for several centuries: for them it is an imaginative and entertaining collection of travel voyages. The vague little maps, usually omitted from children's versions, add interest to this 18th c reprint. A nice special gift.