London: Raphael Tuck & Sons, Ltd., n.d. Boards. Quarto size,  pp. Good +. Item #CNJWEM108
"Somebody's Darlings" is a delightful board book for very young children, with the charming illustrations by Chloe Preston in the style of the "Peek-A-Boos".
Information on Chloe Preston (1887-1969) is a bit elusive; from various online sources we gleen that she was born in Britain "in a gentrified English country environment". Her charming illustrations of the Chunkies (anthropomorphic wooden dolls) and the Peek-a-Boos have "clear simple outlines and bright colours, [and] her humorous images portray simple excursions and activities" (n.b., quotes from the web site of the Antique Print Club).
___DESCRIPTION: Glossy thick pasteboard boards with a red cloth spine, with ten thick pasteboard pages covered on both sides with glossy paper, the boards also covered wth glossy paper, onto all of which have been printed the illustrations and text; quarto size (9 7/8" by 7 1/2"),  pp.
___CONDITION: Overall better than good, perhaps not quite very good. The boards clean with only minor rubbing on the pastedowns, the illustrations bright, and free of prior owner markings; some overall wear to the boards most noticeable at the corners and the edges, a short tear to the top of the front joint, and some light soiling throughout; note that a prior owner attempted to hide some of the wear on the board edges by painting over the worn areas with dark brown paint; even with its faults, still a charming, solid copy.
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