In the original olive and gilt cloth binding of 1899, the 5-3/4" x 8" hard cover book, "Riley Child-Rhymes" by James Whitcomb Riley, holds all the charm today that it did for the Hoosiers when Riley first wrote it. A well-known fellow Hoosier, Will Vawter, sketched his scenes in black and white throughout. Some of the book's famous poems are, "Out to Old Aunt Mary's", "The Raggedy Man", and Little Orphant Annie", among others. I had never read "The Squirtgun Uncle Maked Me" or "Who Santy-Claus Wuz", two more of the sixteen home-spun stories in this 188 page book, and both of them made me laugh out loud. Book is in very good condition with an inscription to "My Ida, Merry Christmas, 1902" on the first fly leaf, which has a narrow crease at bottom of page with a tiny 1/8" closed tear. cover is especially nice with very little wear and bright gilt on the pictorial boards. Spine has a hint of sunning, but the 110 year old has worn extremely well for its age, is tight and clean, and would make a great addition to your library. Thank you for visiting.
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