New York: Simon & Schuster, 1936. Reginald Birch (1856-1943). First Edition. Hard Cover with Dust Jacket. Octavo. Very Good+ / Very Good+. Item #4441
With an ORIGINAL WATER COLOR illustration on the second free endpaper depicting a winged child gazing at a crystal ball with a question mark; below the illustration is a charming 6 line manuscript poem by Reginal Birch and SIGNED AND INSCRIBED "LOVE & LUCK / FROM YOUR / ANCIENT FRIEND / REGINALD BIRCH". While Birch illustrated several magazines, his first real success was his illustrations for Little Lord Fauntleroy, he would later illustrate many children's books. The present illustration was drawn when he was 80 years old. 132pp., bound in blue flexible cloth pictorially stamped in gilt, spine lettering gilt, ribbon marker; a couple of faint stains on upper front board; a very nice copy in like dust jacket with light wear at head of spine. Nash, before becoming a parent wrote unpleasant poems about babies. On becoming a father, he changes his tune and began to write charming and witty poetry of children. The present verses are a combination of those written before his child's birth and a few after.