Antiquarian first-edition book Vol VI The Nursery Illustrated Stories and Poems for Little People. Oliver Optic | William T. Adams.

Antiquarian first-edition book Vol VI The Nursery Illustrated Stories and Poems for Little People. Oliver Optic | William T. Adams.

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Antique (1886) first-edition hardcover book Vol VI The Nursery: Illustrated Stories and Poems for Little People edited by William T. Adams under the pen name Oliver Optic. Published in Boston, USA by Russell Publishing Company. Book printed in the USA.

THIS HARDCOVER ANTIQUARIAN BOOK IS COMPLETE AT 384 PAGES | NO dust jacket (series was published without dust jackets). Book contains 376 original illustrations commissioned especially for the book from more than 200 artists and the works of many well-known authors.

About William Taylor Adams | Oliver Optic: William Adams, who often wrote under the pseudonym Oliver Optic, spent twenty years as a teacher in Boston schools and was a major author of children’s literature during the nineteenth century. In 1865, Adams left teaching to write full-time and over the next thirty-two years published 126 novels and almost 1,000 short stories, all for young people. Though criticized by Louisa May Alcott and others for sensationalism in his narratives, Adams maintained his goal was to “combine healthy moral lessons with a sufficient amount of exciting interest” for young readers always incorporating the principles of self-discipline, moral righteousness, a spirit of adventure, patriotism and the love of God and family into his stories and poems. Many of his works include references to the sea which can be a fitting background in which these virtues can be learned.

About the book: Vol VI of The Nursery: Illustrated Stories and Poems for Little People is a compilation of approximately 500 illustrated nursery stories and poems for young readers by various authors and Edited by William T. Adams | Oliver Optic. Each of the stories and poems has specially commissioned illustrated plates to accompany the verbiage. Stories and poems about the sea, one of Adams' favorite backdrops. to taming an intemperate horse and working on the farm, all aimed at capturing the attention and imagination of little boys. For little girls, there are poems and stories about dancing at The Grand Ball, a Christmas Party for the Dolls and sheet music with notes and lyrics.

Condition of book: In EXCELLENT! antique condition with a strong, sturdy spine and bind and NO! pages separating from it. Embossed covers | boards show wear | rub to the corners and edges, though certainly far less than might be reasonably expected for a book from the 1800s. The embossed spine is clear and legible with MINIMAL! wear. Interior pages show MINIMAL! foxing | yellowing, for the age of the tome and the book has NO! ripped or torn pages and NO! dog-eared corners. All of the 376 specially commissioned illustrated plates are bright and vivid with NO! fading apparent and all text is clear and legible. Wonderful, wonderful antique condition. A real treasure!

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Approximate measurements: hardcover book is 8-1/2" x 7" | complete at 384++ pages | NO dust jacket.

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