Boston: Lothrop Publishing Company, 1896.
Hardcover. "Nearly all children are poetic. They live near to the heart of things in the early spring-tide of life when 'birds and buds and they are happy peers...'" That belief lies at the heart of Frances Bell Coursen's fantastical introduction to poetry for children, which sends as its messenger a gauzy-winged, poetry-slinging dragon fly to bridge four little cousins' education and enjoyment of verse from the Mother Goose of their infancy to Shakespeare, Longfellow, Tennyson, Elizabeth Barrett Browning, Edgar Allan Poe, and more. This remarkable, magical introduction into the world of poetry is illustrated throughout in dreamy full-page plates and quaint little vignettes by Amy Brooks, with the addition of small portraits of the poets, which "may result in acquainting children, early in life, with the faces of those who, later, should become even as familiar as friends."
9" X 7". 146pp, plus [ii] index of first lines. Brown cloth over boards, with dragon fly reading from a book to three children stamped in gilt, orange, and black to upper board, upper board block-lettered in black, and spine lettered in much faded black. Moderate wear to binding, with scattered rubbing, corners turned in, and fraying to head and tail of spine. Hinges tender. Binding remains sound. Previous owner's name to front free endpaper. Occasional smudge to pages, else clean and unmarked. Sweetly illustrated on almost every page by Amy Brooks. Good +. Item #5700