POEMS OF CHILDHOOD [with Parrish's signature]. Maxfield Parrish, Eugene Field.
POEMS OF CHILDHOOD [with Parrish's signature].
POEMS OF CHILDHOOD [with Parrish's signature].
POEMS OF CHILDHOOD [with Parrish's signature].

POEMS OF CHILDHOOD [with Parrish's signature].

[with Parrish's signature] With Illustrations by Maxfield Parrish. New York: Charles Scribner's Sons, 1904. Original black cloth with front cover illustration applied, with dust jacket.

First Maxfield Parrish edition, later printing (not so identified). These are 94 children's poems from Eugene Field's two volumes WITH TRUMPET AND DRUM (1892) and LOVE SONGS OF CHILDHOOD (1894). This handsome volume includes eight full-color plates by Maxfield Parrish (one being Wynken, Blynken and Nod), each with printed tissue guard. There is a ninth color plate serving as title page, a tenth serving as front cover illustration, and Parrish-illustrated endpapers showing a boy doing battle with a club-wielding ogre astride a lobster.

Because the title leaf is a Parrish plate, it was not altered for subsequent printings -- they all read "MCMIV" on the recto and "Published, September 1904" on the verso. This copy has the dust jacket (also with a tipped-on Parrish plate), on the back panel of which is promoted the Scribner $2.50 Series, the latest addition being SMOKY which did not come out until the late 1920s. The volume is in near-fine condition (some rubbing and one long faint scratch on the front cover); the jacket is very good-plus (very light edge-wear, part of a sticker on its spine). Tipped to the half-title is a small card bearing Parrish's distinctive signature. Item #14048

Price: $300.00

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