England: 1881. Item #1811
[Folk Books/Folk Art][Children's Books] Collection of Handwritten and Illustrated Children's Stories and Poems. 9¼” x 7¼”. Quarter morocco over marble paper-covered boards. Pp. 90. Book good: heavily worn with loss to corners and backstrip, hinges cracked, first several leaves sprung but repaired at an early date; otherwise internally very good with scattered dust soiling. A charming gift for a sick child created by her cousin, this book contains three handwritten short stories, and around 35 poems and short passages. All are illustrated with 57 original drawings in pencil and watercolor. It appears to be a mixture of original ideas as well as copies from contemporary children's magazines. We located one of the longer stories, “The Raven's Riddle” in an 1880 edition of “Golden Hours: A Magazine for Boys and Girls, ” whereas one short poem is clearly a play on a nursery rhyme: “sing a song for sixpence/A pocket full of rye/Four-&-twenty snowballs/Baked in a pie! /When the pie was opened/The snow had gone away. /Wasn't that a pretty dish/To have on Christmas Day. ” One story involves a “queer little sprite looking very much like an inverted flower pot” who whisks children away to another world while another tells the tale of Fastidious and Miserima, children who were miserable because they couldn't fly. They were given the gift of flight, only to be cursed to never touch ground again. Wolff created the book over three months in 1881 and the last two pages contain a letter to her cousin Duckley, who was apparently so sick Wolff thought “I should never have to send it to you. ”This item is offered by Langdon Manor Books, LLC, antiquarian booksellers. Please do not hesitate to contact us for additional information and/or photos and we will respond promptly. We package our items carefully, ship daily, and have a no hassle returns policy--your satisfaction is guaranteed. We are members of the Antiquarian Booksellers' Association of America (ABAA) , the International League of Antiquarian Booksllers (ILAB) and the Independent Online Booksellers Association (IOBA) and adhere to their rules of ethics.