Beautiful, Beautiful Old Books
I haven't even cleared the birthday stuff off the table yet (hello cards and candles!).
A very heavy package came today.
After months and months of trying, I finally won the Friday contest from one of my very favorite blogs, Forgotten Bookmarks.
And the prize? Children's books!
|1950s-era Nancy Drew! Nancy was a childhood favorite of mine.|
|1950s-era Bobbsey Twins|
|An illustrated copy of Tom Sawyer from Harper & Brothers. The last copyright date listed is 1917. Somebody inscribed it as a gift in 1931.|
|Uncle Remus: His Songs and His Sayings. Br'er Rabbit, Br'er Fox, and Br'er Bear!|
|Two old books by Kate Douglas Wiggin, author of Rebecca Of Sunnybrook Farm. These were her first two published titles. They are later printings, but still very old. The Story of Patsy is dated 1889. The Birds' Christmas Carol is from 1899.|
|Found inside the front cover of The Birds' Christmas Carol.|
I had a strange feeling that this would be my week. Because this book was in the mix.
Remember my Shirley Temple post? When I wrote that, I had just finished watching the 1940 film version of The Blue Bird for the first time. The Blue Bird was a very popular play in the early part of the twentieth century. The film was odd enough that I found myself researching the source material late one night, on the internet as I am wont to do.
|By Georgette Leblanc (Madame Maurice Maeterlinck). Maurice Maeterlinck wrote the play.|
I tend to become a wee bit obsessive with things that interest me.
I also own the 1918 silent film version, although I have yet to watch it.
|An illustration from The Children's Blue Bird.|
Sadly, this book is in need of a little tlc.
|This binding has seen better days.|
Now I must decide where to put these!