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Frances Hodgson Burnett: My Robin/alfred Brennan Pictures/scarce 1912 1st Ed. For Sale
FRANCES HODGSON BURNETT: MY ROBIN/ALFRED BRENNAN PICTURES/SCARCE 1912 1st ed.
MY ROBIN. BY FRANCES HODGSON BURNETT. ILLUSTRATED ALFRED BRENNAN. New York: Frederick A. Stokes Company, 1912. First Edition, first printing.Very Scarce.
AsolidFirst Edition of this scarce andinteresting book. It is complete and unrestored and with an 1913 presentation inscription. Published more than 100years ago, it is now long out of print and hard to find. ANother First Editionis not likely to come up for sale again soon on .
From the Text: "There came to me among the letters I received last spring one which touched me very closely. It was a letter full of delightful things but the delightful thing which so reached my soul was a question. The writer had been reading "The Secret Garden" and her question was this: "Did you own the original of the robin? He could not have been a mere creature of fantasy. I Feel sure you owned him." I was thrilled to the centre of my eing. Here was some one who plainly had been intimate with robins--English robins. I wrote and explained as far as one could in a letter what I am now going to relate in detail. I did not own the robin -- he owned me -- or perhaps we owned each other. He was an English robin and he was a person -- not a mere bird. An english robin differs greatly from the American one. He is much smaller and quite differently shaped. His boy is daintily slender. He is a graceful little patrician with an astonishing allurement of bearing. His eye is large and dark and dewy; he wear s atight little red satin waistcoat on his full round breast and every tilt of his head, every flirt of his wing is instinct with dramatic significance. He is fascinatingly conceited--he burns with curiosity--he is determined to engage in social relations at almost any cost and his ragingin jealousy of attention paid to less worth objects than himself drives him at times to efforts to charm and distract which are irresistible. An intimacy with a robin--an English robin--is a liberal education. This particular one I knew in my rose-garden in Kent. I feel sure he was born there and for a summer at least believed it to be the world. It was a lovesome, mystic place, shut in parly by old red brick walls against which fruit trees were trained and partly by a laurel hedge with a wood behind it. It was my habit to sit and write there under an aged writher tree, gray with lichen and festooned with roses. The soft silence of it -- the remote aloofness --were the most perfect dreamed of. But let me not be led astray by the garden. I must be firm and confine myself to the Robin. The gardn shall be another story..."
According to Wikipedia: "Frances Eliza Hodgson Burnett (24 November 1849 – 29 October 1924) was an English-American playwright and author. She is best known for her children's stories, in particular Little Lord Fauntleroy (published in 1885-6), A Little Princess (1905), and The Secret Garden (1909). Frances Eliza Hodgson was born in Cheetham, near Manchester, England. After her father died in 1852, the family eventually fell on straitened circumstances and in 1865 emigrated to the United States, settling near Knoxville, Tennessee. There, Frances began writing to help earn money for the family, publishing stories in magazines from the age of 19. In 1870 her mother died and in 1872 she married Swan Burnett, who became a medical doctor after which they lived in Paris for two years where their two sons were born before returning to the US to live in Washington D.C. There she began to write novels, the first of which (That Lass o' Lowries), was published to good reviews. Little Lord Fauntleroy was published in 1886 and made her a popular writer of children's fiction, although her romantic adult novels written in the 1890s were also popular. She wrote and helped to produce stage versions of Little Lord Fauntleroy and A Little Princess. Burnett enjoyed socializing and lived a lavish lifestyle. Beginning in the 1880s, she began to travel to England frequently and bought a home there in the 1890s where she wrote The Secret Garden. Her oldest son, Lionel, died of tuberculosis in 1892, which caused a relapse of the depression she struggled with for much of her life. She divorced Swan Burnett in 1898 and married Stephen Townsend in 1900, and divorced him in 1902. Towards the end of her life she settled in Long Island, where she died in 1924 and is buried in Roslyn Cemetery, on Long Island. In 1936 a memorial sculpture by Bessie Potter Vonnoh was erected in her honour in Central Park's Conservatory Garden. The statue depicts her two famous Secret Garden characters, Mary and Dickon."
12mo- sized hardcover book; 42pages of text with a few illustrations, one being a color illustrated frontispiece. Good+ condition: some tearing to rear pastedown; no writing or markings in the text; presentation inscription on front free endpaper [To Irva? from MArgery A. Brady November 14, 1913] and a stamp [The Lutheran Home Topton, Pa]. Original hardcover binding, with somewear, white letters on spine and some light uneven darkening. A solid and attractive copy of thisbook.
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