New York: G. P. Putnam's Sons and London T. C. and E. C. Jack, ; fine brown cloth with heavy gilt floral decoration to top board and spine, gilt design on back top edge gilt and deckle side and bottom edges; plain endpapers, 16 plates including frontis, as issued; 6.5x9.25"; xxxi + 361pp, incl. Preface, Contents, Author Index, Pictures, First Line Index. Juvenile hardback.
200 poems, which, at 20 poems a year, will bring children to the top of the staircase when they reach 14 from which they will have caught "glimses of the merriment and beauty and heroism beyond; before him will stretch those Elysian fields through which his feet have been prepared to roam. Compiled with children in mind by the editor of the excellent Show to and Told to the Children series. Each long section is arranged from simplest to more complex with threads of subjects and a mixture of styles, poems often reprinted and those less common. In addition to the 200 poems are Cradle Sons and a section of Carols, Hymns, and Sacred Verses. Lovely illustrations by an artist, accomplished but not well known, who worked with her husband the Arts and Crafts architect Charles Spooner on ecclesiastical and domestic architecture.
CONDITION: Very Good; no names, very tight, straight and clean, gilt bright, endpapers darkening, interior pages and plates Fine; minor rubs to extrems, light soil and scratches on bottom board and an area on bottom corner affected by moisture, evident on the endpaper but not beyond. (Too tight to scan entire images). Item #19900