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Quacks, the Story of the Ugly Duckling, Marion Wingrave, illustrator.

Quacks, the Story of the Ugly Duckling.

Finelined borders surround verse tale and a lovely chromolithograph on each page showing the (never ugly) duckling set in a bucolic landscape. Some pages have borders of wild flowers. Quite beautiful, with no printer ascribed. Please note: THIS BOOK HAS BEEN SOLD



The Fairy Book, J. A. Adams, illustrator, Harper and Brothers (1836)

The Fairy Book.

Twenty-seven fairy tales: traditional English, Perrault and others, with twelve translated for this volume; includes Florise, Prince Nosey, Aurora&Amy, and a very interesting introduction by "John Smith". PLEASE NOTE: This book has been sold.



22575 May Morning Miller

May Morning.

A family of happy children drop in on their old nurse bringing flowers and song. Through the curiousity of the youngest, they learn that the nurse's husband took so long returning from the war because he was stranded on a cannibal island. Graphic descriptions! A note on this long section tells us that it is adapted from "Four month's residence in a valley of the Marquesas" which you will recognize as Meville's Typee (1846)  Though this book was given as a Reward of Merit, one wonders, given its unladylike plot and pristine pages, if Jessie's parents hid it away.

Mary Robson of Newcastle, a writer of worthwhile books, married Thomas Hughes, emigrated to Philadelphia, and founded a school, well regarded  thanks to the fame of her books which preceded her. She taught until 1839, then retired to a farm in Bucks County, continuing to write for children, Her familiarity with them shines, in places, in this book.





The Litttle Sketch-Book.

In this tiny book, a full page woodcut of a river raft followed by its construction. Little pictures on every page. A washtub. A bed. A log cabin and a cottage: "Some of my little readers may have seen log-cabins when riding into the country. They are used by poor people to live in that can not afford to live in a better house. Huts like the one shown above are very common in the wild woods of the western part of our country. But when the country gets settled, and they have mills for sawing logs into timber and boards, they can build better houses."



22533 Maggie Harris, Her Autograph Book (1880 - 1885)

Maggie Harris, Her Autograph Book

A very pretty little book given to Maggie Harris (Margaret Brisbane Harris 1869 to 1962) for Christmas in 1880 by her brother Enon Major Harris Jr 1866 - 1928) and faithfully filled up by her many friends. Most entries are from 1880 to 1885, with the sentimental friendship verses of the time, which seem to have been infinite! When noted, the signatures are from Collingdale or West Philadelphia and from Brigantine Beach, New Jersey where her family must have vacationed. Maggie Harris  became the town's first teacher and  then a principal, from 1891 until she retired in 1938. According to a family memoir, she kept an orderly but welcoming school, no wonder she preserved this book so carefully.Maggie and Enon's father Enon Harris was one of officers who stood guard over Lincoln's coffin for two days while his body lay in state in Independence Hall.



21422 Rab and his Friends by Brown.

Rab and His Friends

A story of an independent and faithful dog, that revolves around Ailie, a woman of about 60 who had a breast removed without anesthetic and got up, dressed herself and curtsied to the doctor. Her eventual death caused the dogs to lose hope. The dog pictured is not Rab, but a "yellow Newfoundland" bloodhound cross of 19 who looks kind of like a mastiff. Sketches for the plates were made by four of the author's friends. This was published much later in the US.



20154 Tit Tiny and Tittens The Three White Kittens McLoughlin 1860's

Tit Tiny and Tittens.

The stories of these kittens show a less romantic view of childhood, Tittens being especially naughty. The kittens' white fur shines against the saturated black background and the deep coloured objects they happen to be playing with. A variety of flowers loved by Victorians as background..



The Last of the Huggermuggers by Cranch; Phillips, Sampson, 1856, 1st.

The Last of the Huggermuggers.

Little Jacket is stranded with his companions on the island home of a dying giant race. Jackie escapes on a ship and returns again with plans to capture the giant, but the Huggermuggers are so large and so kind that he and his friends relent. All would have ended happily were it not for the traitorous dwarf Kobboltozo. Inscribed "For Marion R. Lord, with the hope that she will remember with affection her uncle R. C. W., April 9, 1856."  A wonderful fantasy, then and now, and pivotal in American children's literature: a well produced hardback book, but from the genre of entertaining chapbooks rather than moral realistic stories. We also have a much loved, inexpensive first of the sequel, Kobboltozo.



Laboulaye's Last Fairy Tales Harper and Brothers, Franklin Square,  1885, 2nd Am

Laboulaye's Last Fairy Tales.

In his preface, Laboulaye notes the changes that took place over the 19th century as fairy tales became "literature". "When we were children (which was somewhere about 1820), we were presented with fairy tales at New-Year for our amusement. By whom they were written mattered little: provided they kept us still for an hour without quarreling or breaking things, the book was thought a good one and nothing more was asked of the author." Beautifully written tales in a pleasant voice, with elements drawn from his wide acquaintance. Note: This Book Has Been Sold.



Flower Legends for Children by Hilda Murray, /J. S. Eland, ill. Longmans [1901].

Flower Legends for Children.

Very short folkloric legends, Christian and classical legends, all having to do with flowers and trees: The Moss Rose, The Tulip, The Forget-me-not, The Rowan, The Aspen, illustrated  in a romantic, fluid version of Walter Crane. All illustrated on thick paper in lithos from watercolour and fine line. Note: This book has been sold.



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