1917 1st Ed 'To Mother An Anthology of Mother Verse' Poetry - RARE 1st Printing / Illustrated / Kate Wiggin Intro

COLLECTOR'S 1917 original first edition, first printing antiquarian hardcover book - TO MOTHER An Anthology of Mother Verse.

Extraordinary collection of poems honoring mothers everywhere by the world's literary greats. Introduction by Kate Douglas Wiggin.

Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Company, Riverside Press, Cambridge, MA, Copyright, 1917, 1st printing - 'published May 1917' on copyright page.

EXQUISITE floral gilt cover and spine on light purple boards. Gorgeous heart, decorative border of beautiful roses and center butterfly.

Many gorgeous black & white pen & ink drawings; each chapter opens with full page black & white plate. Frontispiece black & white illustration dedicated - To My Mother with a lovely inspirational saying.

STUNNING title pages, green & yellow floral borders. Black & white photograph of James McNeill Whistler painting WHISTLER'S MOTHER one side. Black & white drawing on other, and charming Kate Douglas Wiggin saying.

Photos do not fully capture cover color & gilt, and elaborate illustration detail; wait until you see up close. WOW!!

Foreword:

Scattered throughout the works of the great poets, there are many beautiful TRIBUTES to mothers and subtle interpretations of motherhood;

In old as well as very new poems; there are illuminating suggestions to mothers regarding both their opportunities and responsibilities.

Gathered together in one volume are the very BEST poems for the use and enjoyment of present day mothers, both young and old.

POETS:

Walt Whitman, Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, William Blake,

Elizabeth Barret Browning, Rudyard Kipling, Alfred Tennyson,

Thomas Moore, Walter Scott, Jane Taylor, William Cooper,

William Allingham, Alice Meynell, John Milton, Jean Ingelow,

Thomas Burbidge, Josephine Preston Peabody, Roden Noel,

Charles Harper, Thomas Hood, Eliza Cook, Dollie Radford,

Some wonderful unknown poets and more.

CHAPTERS - few poems from each listed:

The Young Mother - Mother's Love, Baby's Skies, Children's Kisses ...

Mothers of Men - Absent Soldier Son, Mother and Poet, Mother to Son ...

Christmas Mother Poems - Hymn on the Nativity, A Christmas Carol ...

Lullabies - Wynken, Blynken and Nod, Road to Slumber-Land, Japanese Lullaby, Cradle Song, Sea Slumber Song, Sweet and Low ...

Joy of Motherhood - My Bird, Baby-Land, The Little Black Boy ...

Old Fashioned Mother Poems - Half-Waking, Good-Night, Wishing ...

Sonnets on Motherhood - Nature, Thanksgiving After Childbirth ...

Tributes to Mothers - Motherless, Mother o'Mine, My Ain Wife ...

Hardcover purple cloth boards, bright gilt illustration & titles, glossy frontispiece pages. Binding tight. Excellent condition for age.

Cover excellent/very good/bright/clean-light shelfwear-some fading-sunning/corner bumping/light spine edgewear.

Pages excellent/bright/clean-light general wear-2 pp some light spotting/occasional small spot/small crease few pp/title pp 2 small spots blank border.

We love having Provenance; this gem came from a private Monastery library in Glenclyffe, New York. Full page inscription right fbep: To Madeline from Mother - September 11, 1917. How lovely!!

Monastery stamp fbep & bottom index pp/faint white number spine imprint. No writing or tears. Hard to believe this gem is one hundred years old!

Do not pass up this hard-to-find MASTERPIECE; will make a FABULOUS gift!!

Item ID: BK1596

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