John Habberton's first major work of fiction was Helen's Babies (shows copyright in 1876 by Loring Publisher, Boston and a further copyright in 1881 by T.B Peterson & Brothers) based on his sons' adventures. The novel is subtitled: "Helen's Babies with some account of their ways...innocent, crafty, angelic, impish, witching and repulsive by THEIR LATEST VICTIM." It was immensely popular.
"Helen's Babies was intended as just a piece of humour and aimed at an adult audience. But the hilarious novel almost instantly became a major juvenile literature success, highly estimated by the youngsters as well as authorities like Rudyard Kipling. It became a classic ranking on par with "Tom Sawyer", "Wind in the Willows", "Winnie-the Pooh" and the like. Popularity dwindled a bit after World War II (although George Orwell mentions it very favourably in his 1946 essay on early American literature, Riding Down from Bangor), but started rising again in the 1980s. It was translated into numerous foreign languages". (Wikipedia)
This 1930s edition is A Burt Book by Blue Ribbon Books, New York. It is in very good condition with the red cloth boards with gilt titles, almost like a new book. It has a clean unmarked, text, tight spine. The Dust Jacket shows some age and has mild chipping to the edges. The book is 8" x 5 1/2" and has 257 pages. The book is solidly intact but has some minor foxing.
This lovely book will make an excellent gift for the dedicated bibliophile or an interesting addition to your own treasured library collection. We invite you to make your own precious memories with this lovely book from another time. Thank you for visiting our store.
Helen's Babies Hardcover Book by John Habberton
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