Boston: The Atlantic Monthly Press, (ca. 1918). Day, Maurice E.; Hapgood, T. B. First Edition. Hardcover. Quarto size, 64 pp., with original glassine wrapper and publisher's box. Near fine / very good +. Item #18061418
Ralph Bergengren (1871-1947) was an American humourist and children's poet, who wrote charming poems for children with light-hearted rhyme and metre; this book of verses, written in the voices of three children, Jane, Joseph, and John, contains numerous anecdotes and observations from the perspective of the children. Throughout the book are full-colour illustrations to match the playfulness of the poetry, by Maurice E. Day, who provided illustrations for magazines such as "Life" and "Atlantic Monthly" (he may have been the same Maurice E. Day who later worked for Disney Studios and illustrated "Bambi", but cannot be certain). In addition, each page of poetry is surrounded by black-and-white illustrative borders by T. B. Hapgood; the borders feature children's faces amid flowers and fantasy elements such as castles.
This volume also comes with the original glassine wrapper and publisher's box, which has a lovely paper label with a full-colour illustration to match the front cover of the book, taken from the poem "The Seasons". Interestingly, several of the poems contain references to the "battles with the Germans", which ought not to surprise as WWI was part of the world at this time, affecting both young and old.
___DESCRIPTION: Quarter green cloth with white paper boards featuring a full-colour illustration by Maurice E. Day, title in green with a decorative green border on the front board, title page with black-and-white illustrative border by T. B. Hapgood, black-and-white illustrative borders by Hapgood throughout, six full-colour illustrations by Day throughout; quarto size (11.5" by 9.5"), pagination: [1-8] 9-62 [63-64]. In the original glassine wrapper and publisher's box covered with green paper, front pastedown mirroring that on the front board of the book.
___CONDITION: Volume is near fine, with clean covers, the corners straight and unrubbed, the binding tight with solid hinges, the interior clean and bright, and free of prior owner markings; one small catch to the edge of the pastedown on the front board, else fine. The glassine wrapper is very good plus, clean overall, slight overall edgewear with small chips to the head and tail of the spine, and a small (one-inch) closed tear to the top of the front panel. The publisher's box is near fine, strong and sturdy, very slight rubbing to the corners, clean overall with a small abrasion to the pastedown, likely from the removal of an old price sticker.
___CITATION: Baumgarten, Artist p. 57; first printing per Zempel, which states that "generally" having only the copyright date on the copyright page indicates a first printing; this volume with no additional printings stated.
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