Boston: D. Lothrop and Company, Publishers, Franklin and Hawley Streets, no date, [1875 to 1887, probably early in this period as Wide Awake is a "New Monthly Magazine" and Babyland is not mentioned]; blue pebbled cloth spine and pictorial boards, on the top a picture of a little girl sitting on the carpet in her parlor and reading to her toy elephant, framed in an elaborate border with the title, on the back an ad for Wide Awake Magazine; within, an illustrated notice for Picture-Land stories published by Lothrop, and a collection of short stories and poems in large print, each illustrated with a large picture; 6x7.75"; ca 33 pp. Juvenile hardback.
Very pleasant, happy little stories about helpful small people, but without pointed morals, as Daniel Lothrop was particularly interested in improving the fare available to young children. Some of the illustrations seem to have been created for this volume, some taken from the files, but stories and pictures work well together. Perhaps the practice was to pull illustrations from the publisher's collection and write little stories to go with them.
CONDITION: Very Good; professionally resewn with new endpapers with original spine, boards and block probably a disbound book in otherwise Very Good or better condition; spine, edges, and margins of top board are rubbed, corners rubbed through to card, on a blank flyleaf is "Uncle Erin Featherstone" and a spot which looks as if a 19th c sticker had been removed; the cover illustration is in nice condition, as is the back (a few light spots); pages are clean and unwrinkled. Item #19784