"The Young Visiters" was written by an 9 year old girl, Daisy Ashford in 1890. Transcribed from a little notebook the eight year old kept, this lovely vintage kids book was originally published in 1919. This Chatto and Indus, London edition was printed in 1955. The kids story starts off with a pictures of Daisy at the age she was when she wrote this story. This is the story of a love triangle between Mr. Alfred Salteena, "an elderly man of 42" with "a small portion" of noble blood flowing in his veins, and his young visiters, Miss Ethel Monticue and Bernard Clarke. The book is full of odd twists of language and beautiful details. Mr. Salteena, very old and unloved by Ethel, comforts himself while "imbibing his tea beneath a pink silken quilt". Cows "flash past the windows" of the train as it speeds through the country. The spelling and odd turns of phrase have been left intact from the original. Black and white line drawings by Heather Corlass are peppered throughout the book.
This hard cover kids storybook has pink board covers and comes in its original dust jacket. The book is in very good vintage condition with mild bumping at the cover's corners and light wear around the edges. The pages are clean and the binding is tight. The dust jacket is in good/fair condition There are tears along the creases, especiialy on the right side of the spine. There is scuffing and remnants of a label on the front.
A sweet story to read aloud or give as a gift. The history of the book is intriguing and hopefully an inspiration to every child.
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