Fly-Away Fairies and Baby-Blossoms
New York and London: E.P. Dutton & Co. and Griffith and Farran, 1882. Louise CLARKSON. Boards. [POETRY] [WOMAN AUTHOR and ILLUSTRATOR]. New York: E.P. Dutton & Co., 39, West Twenty-Third Street and London: Griffith and Farran, Corner of St. Paul’s Churchyard. Louise CLARKSON, illustrator.
Small 4to;  leaves printed recto only; gold pictorial boards, front illustration of fairies amongst apple blossoms with a bird and butterfly looking on, rear board “Baby-Blossoms or What the Winds are Saying” with a pictorial of apple blossoms and a vignette of a baby fairy in a blossom; gold cloth shelf-back; green floral eps, ownership label on the front pastedown, “The Private Property of Clara McDowell” with a poem; gift inscription dated “Xmas 1899” on verso ffep; color pictorial title page; 15 full-page chromolithographed plates; light buckling to board paper, scuffing to edges, a small crush on the top edge of the front board, front joint paper cracked but holding; very good. Very good. Item #1759
A beautifully illustrated children’s book of poetry and fairies by Louise Clarkson Sauerwein Lord Whitelock (1851-1928), writing under the name Louise Clarkson. She was active in writing and illustrating around 1877-1898, and in the Woman’s Literary Club of Baltimore. From her poem “Little Water-Sprite”: I’m the Fairy of the lake, / On my snow-white swan I take / Many a happy ride. / Where the cat-tails grow up high, / Where the water-lilies lie, / We go gliding softly by / With the tide.