SO..... with that in mind, I'm starting a week early and doing something I don't generally do -- toot my own (well, the BOOKS) horn -- and showing off some of the cool items I'll be bringing with me to the book fair.
Here's one of them:
|More Goops and How Not to Be them by Gelett Burgess (illustrated by Gelett Burgess)|
This book is a decently early copy (c1916) of the book, but what makes this copy stand out is the dust jacket. With children's books of this age / era, (and frankly, with many books that included dust jackets at this time) it was par for the course to either take the dust jacket off the book and store it, or most likely, for the owner to chuck it in the circular file without a second thought. Add to that that the book was meant for children (shudder) who if they are anything like my two, are not the most careful with their personal belongings. (an aside here -- if the books belong to me and my business, they KNOW not to mess with them or treat them badly -- but their own library is, unfortunately, an entirely different case).
So dust jackets on children's books from the turn of the century through 1920's, while not unheard of, are generally unusual.
|Frances Hodgson Burnett: A Little Princess (illustrated by Ethel Franklin Betts)|
I'll admit that I was one of those girls who fell in love with this book (oh so many ages ago) and imagined what it would be like to live in an attic with no heat, work from dawn to dusk at a back-breaking job and not ever be allowed to touch, much less think about wearing pretty clothes. Of course, when I imagined it, it was dreamily romantic and not starkly realistic with any attendant hunger, cold or child labor issues. Add in that Shirley Temple's movie made it into a song and dance fest and I was SO there!
These two examples happen to be from the consignment collection I've been mentioning in the last several weeks, but I'll also be including some of the books that I've collected myself in the past several months that will be going to the fair with me.
I'll highlight some more in the next blog entry.