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(NESBIT, E.) WIGGIN, Kate Douglas.

A Village Stradivarius.

Published: London: Gay and Bird, 1904

Stock code: 83869

Price: £750

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First separate edition of Wiggin’s story, first published in The Village Watchtower in 1895. This copy is affectionately inscribed by the author to E. Nesbit on the front free endpaper, “To. “E. Nesbit” whose work commands my admiration – and my love. Kate-Douglas Wiggin. The Evenning-of-Happy-Meeting, May 16th 1905″, and bears Nesbit’s attractive illustrated bookplate to the front pastedown. Nesbit and Wiggin were kindred, though transatlantic, spirits, both authors of much-loved children’s literature (The Railway Children (1906) and Rebecca of Sunnybrook Farm (1903) respectively), and both taking a keen and active interest in social and political reform (Nesbit as co-founder of the Fabian Society, Wiggin as a pioneer in children’s education), and this lovely association copy charmingly attests to the meeting of two contemporary greats of children’s literature.

Small octavo. Original burgundy cloth, titles and design gilt to spine and front board. Cloth mottled, ends and corners lightly rubbed, mild partial toning to endpapers; a very good copy.

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