"An Old Sweetheart Of Mine", was written by James Whitcomb Riley and illustrated by Howard Chandler Christy. A highly collectible book treasured for its amazing illustrations by Howard Christy Chandler. Chandler was an American artist and illustrator, famous for the "Christy Girl" – a colorful and illustrious successor to the "Gibson Girl" This 1902 edition was published by Bowen-Merrill. The heavy, almost cardstock paper, has illustrations of a young couple in the first flights of love -- kissing in the field, trading treasures in school-- as well as drawings of the family and a man reminiscing. Each black and white drawing has pink accents and fills the entire page. Accompanying pages contain short and sweet poems decorated with light pink floral circular frames.
An example of one of the poems is:
I can see the pink sunbonnet and the little, checkered dress She wore when first I kissed her and she answered the caress.
A perfect Valentines day gift, this book is in exceptional condition. These books were usually read and re-read through generations or broken up for framed pictures, but this is a fabulous copy. It has green cloth covers with an oval paste down illustration at the center. Titles and names are embossed in gold and an embossed floral design frames the central picture. The front illustrated end-paper has a small tear at the bottom. The antique poetry book has clean pages that are very minimally yellowed and the binding is tight. The cover has some very mild bumping at the corners and light shelf wear on the spine. There is some minimal soiling in the form of a spot or two on the cover. The book measures 8 7/8 inches by 6 1/4 inches and will be shipped Media Mail unless otherwise requested.
An exceptional antique book and the perfect book to give as a wedding gift, use to decorate at a bridal shower or to share with the special book lover in your life
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