New York: G. P. Putnam's Sons, The Knickerbocker Press, 1900.
First Edition. Hardcover. In this dreamy book of poetry, published in 1900, Sarah J. Day takes us from the first buttercups of Spring to the mistletoe and holly of Christmas, allowing the legend and lore of each flower to blossom within her light verse. In her poem "Holly," she writes of how fairies pricked fingers produce the holly's hallmark red berries:
"When the fairy elves and the fairy queen
Polish the holly and give it its green
The gloss and the glow of a Christmas sheen
Its prickles do prick them sorely.
But they weep not their wounds, they laugh instead,
For the drops of the fairy blood they shed
Are changed into berries round and red
To brighten the holly's glory."
A fabulously preserved first printing of this unique poetry collection that introduces its reader to flowers familiar and otherwise through legends, lore, and fairy stories about each flower.
7 1/8" X 4 3/4". vii, 95pp. Light green cloth over boards, with blossom-strewn title stamped in gilt, lavender, and white to upper board and spine lettered in gilt. Binding designer's monogram, a simple "M," in gilt to upper board. Mild edgewear to binding, with gentle bumping and rubbing to extremities. Gift inscription to William Struthers from The Home Journal dated December 1900 to front free endpaper. Spine slightly visible at center. Binding is sound and hinges firm. Very faint toning to page 37 from laid in contemporaneous printed card of Ocean Bluff Hotel in Kennebunkport, Maine. Very good. Item #6280