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RARE 1923 1st Ed 'The Cheerful Cherub' 1st Printing - Illustrated Poetry / Antiquarian / Inspirational
COLLECTOR'S 1923 antiquarian hardcover book - The Cheerful Cherub. Hard-to-find original true first edition, first printing!!
Delightful, lighthearted verses about all the funny, human, happy and exasperating things that unfold in peoples daily life.
Each page has a CHARMING black & white cherub illustration accompanied by lovely prose. Black & white frontispiece photograph of author. Table of contents lists each verse along with drawing.
Illustrated and written by Rebecca McCann. Publisher: Covici-Mcgee, Chicago, Copyright, 1923, true first edition-first printing. No isbn.
Preface: How I happened to create the Cheerful Cherub. I didn't really create him at all. He just came into my mind and there he stayed.
One summer at the Academy of Fine Arts in Chicago, I used to lie on the ground for hours soaking up happiness and since I was happy I wrote cheerful verse.
The little cherub smiling on the page seemed to go with the smiling verses so I used to illustrate them. The way I write the Cherub is to carry a notebook around and catch a verse here and there on the wing.
Hardcover, light blue title blocked cloth boards, BRILLIANT orange titles & cherub illustration, kewpie holding orange umbrella in the rain. Vibrant orange decorated endpapers, cherubs walking across page.
Cardstock pages, lovely ragged edges, 7"x 5", 208pp. Binding tight. No dust jacket as issued. NOT ex-lib. Remarkable shape for almost an antique.
Cover excellent/bright/clean-light shelfwear-spine lightly sunned-light edgewear-2 corners bumped-1 back corner 1/4" edge board revealed-edges lightly sunned.
Pages excellent/bright/crisp/clean-light general wear w/ fep top left corner spot-light discoloration spine center/bep-center discoloration.1pp 2 light small smudge spots-not on illustration.
This rare gem is a must have; will make a FABULOUS gift!!
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