COLLECTOR’S 1903 rare original first edition antique hardcover book - Rebecca of Sunnybrook Farm by Kate Douglas Wiggin. This rare antiquarian gem is one of the finest children’s books ever written!!
Publisher: Houghton, Mifflin and Co, Boston and New York, Riverside Press, Cambridge. Copyright: 1903, true first edition. Signature marks: 1903 bottom of title page and "Published October 1903" copyright page with no references to subsequent printings. Probable 2nd printing: publisher's spine imprint 1/8-inch high, p.325: "Don't turn in at the side", p.327: "Bricks, glowing in the October sun." Not ex-library.
Plot: Tells of the travails of the plucky, precocious Rebecca Randolph, who comes to live with her two maiden aunts in the village of Riverboro, Maine. Her joy for life ends up inspiring them. She faces many trials in her young life, but comes through them with more wisdom and understanding. Soon enough, she wins over her prim Aunt Miranda, the whole town, and thousands of readers everywhere with her energetic, indomitable spirit.
Kate Douglas Wiggin an American educator and writer started the first kindergarten on the West Coast in 1878, the free "Silver Street Kindergarten." In the 1880’s, she founded the "California Kindergarten Training School for Teachers" with her sister. Through her teaching, training, and writing she promoted the theories of Frederick Froebel, a proponent of early childhood education.
Other books include: New Chronicles of Rebecca, The Birds' Christmas Carol, Timothy's Quest and Mother Carey's Chickens. Eric Wiggin, a great nephew of the author, wrote updated versions of several Rebecca books, including a concluding story. The story was adapted for the theatrical stage, and was filmed three times, once with Shirley Temple in the title role.
Hardcover, original illustrated green cloth boards, light green borders and lettering, 327pp. Binding tight. Excellent condition for antique. Pages excellent, bright, clean, no tears/minimal shelfwear-occasional bottom spot-1pp small dog ear/ffep wear-see photo/fbep separation(does not affect wear), rest binding fine. Cover very good/good for age-has general shelfwear including fading-spine ends wear.
Children and adults will love this classic, the vivid glimpses of turn-of-the-century New England and showing the virtues that were so important during this time. Do not pass up this must have collector’s book; will make a FABULOUS gift for yourself or someone special in your life!!