We are pleased to offer a wonderful antique book: "NESTLINGS, A COLLECTION OF POEMS" by ELLA FRASER WELLER. The copyright date is 1892, by the San Francisco Publishing Co. The book was illustrated by K. A. Fraser "from pictures of children in the author's immediate circle of friends".
This charming and rare hardbound book is a First Edition. We have not been able to locate another original like it on the internet. There are, however, newer re-print editions available.
The author's Introductory reads: "These selections have come of occasions. They were not meant for the public eye. The thought of a possible book had given them greater unity, and the vision of a possible critic had probably modified their form. The mother-love for children called for them and they came; there is a conspiracy of mother-loves and the fugitive poems became a book. The accompanying illustrations are shadows of real faces and may be readily duplicated in any limited circle. "Nestlings" may serve as an album for some innocent faces, and perpetuate some possibly helpful sentiment."
The book has a linen cover and is very slightly soiled. There are a couple of small tears on a few of the beginning pages and some light soiling, but otherwise all of the pages are in very good condition. There is an inscription in fountain pen ink on the back of the first page which reads: "Olive Bonner from Marguerite Ogden Xmas 1895".
A very, very special book for the collector.
Note: We are collectors, not book experts and have done our best to describe the book. Please do not hesitate to ask any questions that you have.