New York: McLoughlin Bros. n.d. Comstock, Frances Bassett. Hardcover. Quarto size, 176 pp. Near fine. Item #18060101
Louisa May Alcott (1832-1888) was a feminist and writer best known for her children's novel "Little Women", which was published to great acclaim and led to two more sequels featuring the same characters. "Flower Fables" is a collection of fairy stories written for Ellen Emerson (daughter of Ralph Waldo Emerson) and is Alcott's second published work (the first edition of this work, published by George W. Briggs & Co., was published in 1855, this work undated).
Each page of this volume contains illustrations surrounding the text by Frances Bassett Comstock (1881-1992), a painter and sculptor who creates delightful fantasy illustrations of fairies and flowers for these endearing stories; she also designed the publisher's binding, a lovely rendition of a fairy with a thistle flower.
___DESCRIPTION: Full grey cloth with an illustration of a fairy in purple, green, and black on the front board, title in gilt within a white rectangle and gilt ruled border on the front board, gilt lettering and illustration on the spine, patterned cream endpapers featuring light purple flowers, title page in black and purple with an illustration of a fairy, black and purple illustrations as borders around the text by Frances Bassett Comstock throughout; quarto size (10.25" by 8.5"), pagination: [1-6] 7-176.
___CONDITION: Volume is near fine, with clean boards, a strong, square text block with solid hinges, and the interior is clean and bright; corners are gently bumped, and there is a prior owner name written in pen on the front paste-down endpaper, else fine.
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