There Was a Little Girl [And She Had a Little Curl...]

By: Longfellow, Henry Wadsworth and Bertha M. Schaeffer (Ills)

Price: $450.00

Quantity: 1 available

Book Condition: Good


Oblong 8vo 8" to 9" tall; 1883 R. Worthington. HC. 1st and only 19th century edition attributed to Longfellow. Oblong format HC backed in green cloth with chromolithograph illustrated paper covered boards. An iconic childhood verse in a very scarce edition. The boards and their chromo illustrated surfaces are in generally good condition with some rubbing at edges. General light toning to surfaces and some silverfish predation along the spine-side edges of the paper overlay. Contents are complete, with each set of facing pages featuring a chromolitho pictorial lettered headpiece to a set of decorative color lettered lines, facing a page with a bold silhouette illustration. Front and rear endpages are detached but laid in. Silverfish predation at the pastedown edges, both front and rear and a little less so to the (detached) endpage edges. Contents clean and with no silverfising of note; some trace evidence of a child's pencil scribblings at the endpages. Longfellow credited as the author in this edition, and though there is some scholarly dispute regarding the origin of these classic lines, it is from the pen of Longfellow that we know them. [There was a little girl, Who had a little curl, Right in the middle of her forehead. ] When she was good, She was very good indeed, But when she was bad she was horrid. This example retains all of its elements but would be well improved with some basic restoration. Rare in the marketplace with no copies appearing at auction in recent memory. Only a handful of copies held institutionally. Good only but with considerable room for improvement in qualified hands. W. A. F. Good only

Title: There Was a Little Girl [And She Had a Little Curl...]

Author Name: Longfellow, Henry Wadsworth and Bertha M. Schaeffer (Ills)

Categories: children''s books, Illustrators, Antiquarian Books,

Edition: First Edition

Publisher: New York, R. Worthington: 1883

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition: Good

Seller ID: 18766