Little Lord Fauntleroy. Frances Hodgson Burnett, Reginald B. Birch, Illustrations.
Little Lord Fauntleroy
Little Lord Fauntleroy
Little Lord Fauntleroy
Little Lord Fauntleroy
Little Lord Fauntleroy

Little Lord Fauntleroy

New York: Charles Scribner's Sons, 1886. First Edition. Hardcover. First printing in book form, the first issue, octavo size, 236 pp. Very good. Item #21082317

The work of Frances Hodgson Burnett (1849-1924) captured the imaginations of readers, with her enduring novels such as "The Secret Garden" and "Sara Crewe". "Little Lord Fauntleroy" was intially published as a serial in the childrens' periodical "St. Nicholas Magazine" between November, 1885 to October, 1886. Not only was it extremely popular in its day (being compared by some to the impact today of "Harry Potter") but it actually set a trend in children's fashion. Of more lasting importance, the novel "set a precedent in copyright law when Burnett won a lawsuit in 1888 against E. V. Seebohm over the rights to theatrical adaptations of the work" (n.b., per Wiki).

Reginald B. Birch (1856-1943) provided the illustrations, as he did with Burnett's "Giovanni and the Other Children Who Have Made Stories" with energetic and detailed line drawings; Birch was a prolific artist and is perhaps best known for illustrating this book.

___DESCRIPTION: Bound in full blue cloth over boards, the front and spine with decorations and lettering in red, black and gilt, brown coated endpapers, the black-and-white frontispiece one of the twelve full-page line drawings throughout, an additional fourteen in-text illustrations throughout; octavo size (8 3/8" by 7 1/8"), pagination: [i-xii] [1] 2-209 [210, printer's statement] [14 pp. publisher's ads at the rear].

___CONDITION: Very good overall, the red colour stamped on the front and spine deep, the gilt on both lightly rubbed, a strong text block with solid hinges, and free of prior owner markings (there is an old pencilled price on the recto of the rear free endpaper); light soiling and a few spots to the binding, the corners, head and tail of the spine all lightly rubbed, text block slightly cocked, one small spot to the fore-edge of the text block, a few light spots of soil throughout, a small old dampstain affecting pp. 29-35 (text still emminently readable), and a very short closed tear at the bottom margin of the leaf for pp. 207-208.

___CITATIONS: BAL no. 2064, Peter Parley to Penrod pp. 80-81. This the first issue with signature mark 12 on page [177], the De Vinne Press imprint on page [210], 14 pages of ads at rear; signature 14 present on page 209 (first three points per BAL 2064), final point mentioned by other booksellers.

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Price: $300.00