Sunday, April 4, 2010
This is the original serialized novel by Frances Hodgson Burnett, published in 1888. Burnett was asked by her publisher to revise and expand the novel which then became the well-known, A Little Princess, published in 1904. We found this at Goodwill for $20. The illustrations are beautifully done and in the back are several pages of advertisements for dozens of books put out by the publisher, Charles Scribner's Sons. It definitely shows signs of wear, the binding is fragile and there's some discoloration on the cover but all the pages are intact, although yellow from age. Inside the front cover the owner of the book pencilled in her name: Bulah M. Hunt, in the most graceful script. It's beautiful.