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1940 The Story of Miss Jemima, RARE Color Illustrations, Fairy Tale, Mystery, Walter de la Mare
Collector's 1940 out-of-print children's antiquarian hardcover book - The Story of Miss Jemima. Hard-to-find color illustrations by Nellie Farnam.
An ENCHANTING fairy tale with a bit of mystery too, that brings forth a child's imagination. Publisher: Grosset & Dunlap, New York, Published by arrangement with Basil Blackwell, London, Copyright, 1940. No isbn. Not ex-library.
Written by award winning author Walter de la Mare, one of the leading English poets and novelists of twentieth century. Foreword by Edith Lowe. SUPERB color illustrations & exquisitely detailed black & white drawings. Several brilliant full page color plates & color frontispiece. Photos do not fully capture color hues; wait until you see up close. WOW!
Childhood has its fancies; and sometimes age believes in childhood's fancies too. Or do you think it was actually there – that fairy-like creature in the churchyard seventy five years ago? You will have to make up your mind – Walter de la Mare does not say. Some parts of England are famous for their fairies and fairy tales, and perhaps the countryside described here is one!!
Grandmother tells story of her experience as little girl w/ Miss Jemima, her uncle's housekeeper and experience in churchyard. Originally printed in "Broomsticks and Other Tales". Miss Jemima is only story with fairy.
Hardcover, beautiful vibrant yellow pictorial boards front & back-blue cloth spine. Pictorial endpapers lovely blue drawings. 55 quality cardstock pages, 8" x 7". Illustrations bright & clean. Binding tight. Excellent vintage condition. Pages excellent/bright/clean/light wear-1 text pp 3"tear(not on writing)/title pp 2 name stamps. Cover very good/good/bright-shelfwear-spinewear-edgewear-scuffing-rubbing-corners bumped-peeking.
Children's literature at its finest; each painting a stunning work of art. Will make a FABULOUS gift!!
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