"[B]y their little gift of poetry and music do the nursery rhymes abide in our hearts."
NURSERY RHYMES: An Essay
By Vita Sackville-West, illustrated by Philippe Jullian
First trade edition of this essay pondering the history and significance of NURSERY RHYMES, masterfully woven by Vita Sackville-West.
Very good plus plus in very good dust jacket.
NURSERY RHYMES: An Essay
"The relevant point is that my nursery rhymes are tiny, unconscious works of art within their own limitations; very young sisters of their grown-up brother, Poetry, but of the same parentage as he."
Vita Sackville-West was an acclaimed author of novels, poetry, and literary criticism, as well as the inspiration for Virginia Woolf's lead character in ORLANDO. Her NURSERY RHYMES ponders and analyses the genre in a wider literary context, pausing frequently to enjoy the inherent charms of classic rhymes. Originally published in 1947 in a limited run of 550 copies, this is the first widely available edition of the essay.
London: Michael Joseph, (1950). 8.25'' x 5.25''. Original yellow cloth binding with red lettering. Original price-clipped color pictorial dust jacket. Illustrated in pink. Jacket with light edgewear and rubbing, some toning to spine and chipping to spine ends; careful repairs to reverse, over old tape marks. Binding with a bit of bumping to spine ends. Endpapers with mild toning. Clean.
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