1893 Sing-Song a Nursery Rhyme Book
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Illustrated, Publishers' Original Binding
A new and enlarged edition of this work. With one-hundred and twenty illustrations by Arthur Hughes, engraved by the Brothers Dalziel. Prior owner's inscription to the recto of front endpaper, 'To my darling grand daughters Mary Lucy and Elizabeth Jane from their loving Grandpa John Friend'. Christina Rossetti was a romantic, devotional author. Her children's poems 'Goblin Market' and 'Remember' remain famous to this day. Rossetti's popularity remained strong posthumously, as scholars studied Freudian themes in her work. She was a great influence to Virginia Woolf, Ford Madox Ford, Elizabeth Jennings and Philip Larkin. 'Sing-Song' is a comprehensive collection of nursery rhymes. There are poems drawing on Rossetti's own childhood, and this work contains a wide range of topics. There are some verses regarding sadness and nursery, which may not be included in a modern nursery book. A contemporary review for this work from the Sunday Times notes 'some are droll, some playful, and others deep, mystical, and solemn, but all bespeak in the writer a mind touched to all finest issues and a possession in its fullest extent of the 'vision and faculty divine'. A lovely collection of poems.
In the publisher's original green cloth binding. Externally, generally smart, with heavy rubbing to the spine and extremities. A few light marks to boards. Damp staining to the extremities of boards, with tidemarks to the first 35 pages as well as to pages 75 to end. Gift inscription to the recto of front endpaper. Internally, firmly bound. Pages are very bright. Spots to endpapers, and just the odd spot to pages.
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