Friday, November 5, 2010

Sonny, A Christmas Guest

Not only is the binding gorgeous, with dark green background and lovely gold lettering, but there is still a hint of gold leafing on the edges of the book. 

 I love how each chapter leads with a beautifully illustrated Font letter. 

The illustrations are so enchanting, I did some research on the illustrator.

Published by The Century Company in 1904.

Illustrated by Fanny Young Cory.

Fanny Young Cory was born in 1877 and in 1895 an 18 year-old Miss Cory attended the Metropolitan school of Fine Arts in New York City. By the turn of the century, she was one of the best known illustrators in the country. She did covers and illustration for St. Nicholas, Life, Scribner's, Century, Harper's Bazaar and The Saturday Evening Post. She also illustrated many books including Alice's Adventures in Wonderland (1902) by Lewis Carrol, and several books by Frank L. Baum, author of The Wizard of OZ. Who's Who of American Women listed F.Y. Cory in their First Edition, Volume One.

Written by Routh Mc Enery Stuart.
Working under the name Ruth McEnery Stuart, wrote a body of fiction and poetry based on the experiences she had in Arkansas, modeling characters, dialect, and even a fictional town on her interactions within the state. She was, both financially and critically, one of the most successful fiction writers of her time, and in recent years has been studied by feminist and social literary critics.

Between 1888 and 1917, Stuart published more than seventy-five stories, in addition to dialect verse. These works appeared in major magazines of the day, including Harper’s Bazaar, Harper’s New Monthly Magazine, Century Magazine, New Princeton Review, Delineator, The Outlook, and Lippincott’s Magazine. They were collected in twenty-three volumes. These include A Golden Wedding and Other Tales (1893), Carlotta’s Intended and Other Tales (1894); Solomon Crow’s Christmas Pockets and Other Tales (copyright 1896), In Simpkinsville: 

DSC04540SONNY, A CHRISTMAS GUEST, is in my shop For The Love of Old Books.

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