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A CHILD'S GARDEN OF VERSES; By Robert Louis Stevenson / Illustrated by Myrtle Sheldon

A CHILD’S GARDEN OF VERSES; By Robert Louis Stevenson / Illustrated by Myrtle Sheldon

Stevenson, Robert Louis 8vo, yellow pictorial cloth with black lettering on spine, front cover, and falls of cup-shaped blossoms with pointed red leaves, Robert Louis Stevenson's classic children's book illustrated by Myrtle Sheldon with curvacious Art Deco pictorial title page with cheerful moon, head & tail decorations, elaborate pictorial surrounds of poetry, and 8 full-page half-tone drawings, 95, [96] pages. No dust jacket. UNCOMMON and early illustrated edition of this classic (1885). Solid copy with wear and soil to cloth & a closed 2" tear on rear cover. Illustrations are without foxing, though some age-toning and a smudge here and there. (This copy is in yellow pictorial cloth; variants are in brown.) A CHILD'S GARDEN OF VERSES is a famous collection of poetry for children about childhood, illness, play and solitude by the famous Scottish author Robert Louis Stevenson. The collection first appeared in 1885 under the title Penny Whistles, but has been reprinted many times, often in illustrated versions--as here with charming colored and black & white Art Deco images by MYRTLE SHELDON (1886-1941, New York). She illustrated several children's books from the Teens to late Thirties; for example, Boy of the South Seas (1931), the Jerry Todd series (1937, 1938), The Little Lame Prince, Harry the Horse, Mary and Marie, and Janie Belle (1940). A Child's Garden of Verses contains about 65 poems including the classics "Foreign Children," "The Lamplighter," "The Land of Counterpane," "Bed in Summer," "My Shadow" and "The Swing."