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A Child's Garden of Verses [Rare First Edition, First Issue, Fine, Jessie Willcox Smith] by  Robert Louis  J.W.  Stevenson - First edition - 1905 - from Nudelman Rare Books and

A Child's Garden of Verses [Rare First Edition, First Issue, Fine, Jessie Willcox Smith]

by Smith, J.W. Stevenson, Robert Louis

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New York: Charles Scribner's Sons, 1905. First edition. Original black cloth with color pictorial insert on cover, gilt lettering on spine, color pictorial endpapers. Color illustrated title page, 12 full page color plates, tissue guarded, with captions, line drawings throughout, all by Jessie Willcox Smith. Arguably her finest and most heralded illustrated book. The rare First Issue, satisfying all the points in Nudelman A22: a) MCMV on title-page, b) No Scribner colophon on copyright page, c) insert impression measures 21.8 cm, d) "Charles Scribner's Sons" on copyright page measures 3.1 cm vs. 2.6 on later issues, e) cover insert with heavy gilt in sky, and f) "Scribner's" on spine at very bottom, lower than later issues. Also, top edges gilt (later editions lacking), others untrimmed. Black cloth with gilt lettering on spine, full-size color cover insert, illustrated endpapers, illustrated title-page, twelve full-page color plates with captioned tissue guards bound-in, all by Jessie Willcox Smith. A truly fine copy, the nicest we have ever seen.

Rediscover the delight and innocence of childhood in these classic poems from celebrated Scottish author, Robert Louis Stevenson.From make-believe to climbing trees, bedtime stories to morning play and favorite cousins to beloved mothers.Here is a very special collection to be treasured for ever.  First published in 1885, the first printing of A Child's Garden of Verses ran 1000 copies by Longhaus, Green and Co in London. This book was not illustrated until the 1896 edition, published 2 years after Stevenson's death. The collection contains about 65 poems, and many of the poems, including “The Land of Counterpane,” take a positive perspective on Stevenson's own childhood which was plagued by sickness. He dedicated the work to his nurse Alison Cunningham. Stevenson was a Scottish novelist, poet, essayist, musician and travel writer. (13 November 1850 – 3 December 1894) Although he died at just forty four years old and suffered from ill health the majority of his life he managed to travel and write extensively in that short period. His most famous works are Treasure Island , Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde , Kidnapped, and A Child's Garden of Verses . Although Stevenson fell out of the canon for a number of years, today he is one of the most translated authors and is highly celebrated for his stories.


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