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EDITHA'S BURGLAR A Story for Children
Boston: Jordan, Marsh & Company, 1888. First edition. Blanck's second state with no printer's imprint on the copyright page. Square 12mo, -64pp; decorated brick cloth stamped in black and gilt at the front cover with a young girl's profile surrounded by a gilded nimbus against a black plaque, "Editha's" and "Burglar" in large black block letters framed by scroll devices above and below, the author's name in sans serif lettering and publisher's device beneath "Burglar"; original light brown dust jacket duplicating the front cover and with advertisements for other Jordan, Marsh publications at the back cover. Illustrated by Henry Sandham with frontispiece and 13 black-and-white drawings. The frontispiece was drawn from an original photograph of Elsie Leslie, the child-actress who played the part of Editha. Facsimile reproduction of a letter by the original "Editha". Ownership inscription in pencil at front free endpaper; mild offsetting to endpapers from jacket flaps; minor paper loss at front gutter (approx. 1/2"); abrasion along top edge (rear cover); two insect holes at rear, at the spine; lower tips bumped and a touch of wear to foot of spine. Jacket is darkened at the spine and lacks 1/2" at head with small chips to tips and overall dustiness. These flaws notes, the book is firm, bright and attractive. About very good. An 1888 dust jacket is a rarity, even more so with a pictorial cover.Frances Hodgson Burnett (1849-1924), born in Manchester, England, emigrated to the United States at the age of 16. Her first published work was a story in "Godey's Lady's Book" and it launched a literary career that would last almost 50 years. She enjoyed great popularity in this country and England with her stories of an "idealized version of childhood inhabited by nearly perfect children, whose goodness and good nature has transformative power". [NAW] The adaptation to the stage of Burnett's story certainly reflects her wide popularity. In fact, a one-act dramatization was published by Samuel French as late as 1932.WITH the 1890 printing of the story, in brown cloth, also in its original dust jacket, in lovely condition. Blanck suggests the two states represent two printings and the 1890 printing, which exactly duplicates the 'second state' appears to confirm his thinking. BAL 2071. NAW I, pp. 269-270. WOMEN'S WRITING, pp. 140-14.
      [Bookseller: E. Wharton & Co.]
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