This classic collection of poetry for children by R L Stevenson, a collection deals with childhood, illness, play, and solitude. It first appeared in 1885 under the title 'Penny Whistles', but has been reprinted many times since, often with illustrations. Among the 65 or so poems are such favourites as "Foreign Children", "The Lamplighter," "The Land of Counterpane", "Bed in Summer", "My Shadow", and "The Swing".
Robert Louis Stevenson (1850–1894) was a Scottish novelist, poet and travel writer, most noted for "Treasure Island", "Kidnapped", "The Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde", "Travels with a Donkey" and "A Child's Garden of Verses". Afflicted by bronchial trouble for much of his life, he nevertheless wrote prolifically and travelled widely, finally settling in Samoa as the place most congenial to his health. A celebrity in his lifetime, Stevenson's critical reputation has fluctuated since his death, though today his works are held in general acclaim. He is currently ranked as the 26th most translated author in the world.
Charles Robinson (1870–1937) was a prolific British book illustrator, born in Islington, brother of William Heath Robinson (known for his whimsical engineering designs). Robert Louis Stevenson's "A Child's Garden of Verses" (1895) was his first major commission, and includes over 100 pen and ink drawings.
Ours is a 10th edition copy, bound in green cloth with gilt lettering and ornate gilt designs on all covers. Beautiful illustrations by Charles Robinson. The exterior is only lightly worn, with some staining, and fading to the back cover down the spine angle (?possibly caused by a bookend?); minor shelf wear to top & tail of spine; minimal bumping of corners; all edges gilt. Neat gift inscription dated 1905 inked on front fep. Free endpapers rather browned. Blue bookseller's label pasted inside front cover. Binding firm with no loose pages; pages variably affected by brownish stains (?foxing) - some remaining clean and bright. No annotations or other markings.