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1896 1st Ed 'Last Century Maid' Stories LITHOGRAPH Illustrations - RARE 1st Printing / Colonial Historical Fiction
COLLECTOR'S rare 1896 first edition, 1st printing antiquarian children's hardcover book - A Last Century Maid - And Other Stories For Children.
Six charming stories of Colonial life written in a simple, delicate style by noted American author Anne Hollingsworth Wharton. Children's literature at its finest!
Magnificent art, 6 exquisite black & white lithograph prints, full page plates with frontispiece. Each drawing was an original painting by M. L. Kirk - Maria Louise Kirk. Beautiful dark green title page border drawing.
Publisher: J.B. Lippincott, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, Copyright, 1895, 1896, first published edition, first printing.
Elaborate black & white letter and decorative border opens each story. Photos do not fully capture gorgeous detail, subtle hues and shading; wait until you see all pictures up close. WOW!!
Kirk was a Philadelphia artist, she illustrated several popular children's books in the 1800's including: The Secret Garden, The Princess and the Goblin and Hiawatha.
There will always be children ready to follow unquestioningly their guidance of the humblest teller of tales;
Children to whom a seashore in the kingdom of Bohemia,
Or a forest peopled with Titania and her FAIRY train,
Daily mysteries of wood and field, awakening of a butterfly,
Blooming of a flower, or flight of the bird through the air.
For such children, have these stories of the LAST CENTURY been written.
Tales take place during the picturesque period of Pennsylvania life when the Indian Chiefs of the Six Nations came to Philadelphia.
KANICHUNGO'S story - little maiden and her experience with Indians,
Roy's Christmas Eve - No boy every spent a merrier Christmas than Roy who helped a poor boy attain a Christmas feast,
DOG and a Sunbeam in Prison - little Maggie a sunbeam in lonely prisoners life, A Last Century Maid,
Little Peacemaker and Christmas in Seventeen Seventy Six.
Anne Hollingsworth Wharton, American writer, historian and founder of Pennsylvania Society Colonial Dames of America.
Hardcover, heavy blue cloth decorated boards and BRIGHT front gilt titles. Beautiful glossy illustration pages, 203 cardstock pp, 7" x 6". Binding tight. NOT ex-lib. Fine interior condition.
Pages fine/very bright/clean-minimal wear-occasional small spot-very light buckling. Cover shelfwear-light corner bumping-edgewear-foxing-some soiling-spinewear.
*Endpaper: LOVELY poetic inscription plus signed xmas 1895 Sally, we love provenance. We can't believe how nice the pages are for antique book.
Do not pass up this hard-to-find gem. A winning combination superb art & outstanding literature; MASTERPIECE to be passed on through generations!!
Priced to SELL; retail value over $115.00. Will make a FABULOUS gift!!
Additional Categories: Victorian: Lithographic: Holiday: Historical Art Prints: Inspirational: Juvenile: Religion; Spiritual