Boston: Lothrop, Lee & Shepard Co., 1925.
First Edition. Hardcover. This 1925 first edition is devoted to the art of the lullaby, from the beautiful Art Nouveau, flower-ringed mother and child gracing its cover to the "cradle songs of different times and climes" collected within. These traditional and time-honored folksongs from around the world were compiled by children's librarian and author of several books for young people Elva Sophronia Smith (1871-1965), who arranged each lullaby into subjects including "The Protection of the Heavenly Powers," "Nature Lullabies," "Fairies and Enchantments," "Evening Prayers and Hymns," and much more, with several helpful indices for finding both beloved and lesser known lullabies. Illustrated in a frontispiece and 15 monochrome plates from famous paintings by such artists as Jessie Wilcox Smith, Albert Neuhuys, Hans Herterich, and others, this is as enchanting a book, inside and out, as the songs its pages collect.
8" X 5 5/8". xxii, 563pp. Publisher's cloth binding by Decorative Designers, with their monogram, two Ds with the second in reverse, to upper board. Bound in full lilac cloth over aobards, with Art Nouveau mother cradling her babe within a wreath of poppies, stamped in pink and black to upper board over a gilt background, with upper board and spine lettered in gilt, and additional poppy in cream and black to spine. Moderate wear to binding, with bumping to extremities and sun-fading to spine. Old price to front pastedown and gift inscription to front free endpaper: "To Neen from Dad, November 29, 1931." Front hinge tender; binding remains firm, sound, and square. Small paste-repaired tear to top margin of epigraph. Pages are clean and unmarked. Very good. Item #9042