First Edition, First Issue and the second issue of Frances Hodgson Burnett's Little Lord Fauntleroy
Little Lord Fauntleroy.
Burnett, Frances Hodgson.$1,750.00
Item Number: 99651
New York: Charles Scribner's Sons, 1886.
Two examples, which includes an example of the first issue, with The De Vinne Press imprint at verso of last page of text and number 14 printed on the lower left margin of page 209. An example of the second issue, lacking the press imprint is present as well. Octavo, original pictorial tan cloth, engraved frontispiece and 11 plates. Illustrated with drawings by Reginald B. Birch. In excellent condition with light wear to the extremities. Housed in a custom clamshell case.
First published as a serial in St. Nicholas Magazine (November 1885-October 1886), Burnett’s book “earned wide praise on its publication; enthusiastic reviewers included Louisa May Alcott, and among its English admirers was Gladstone” (Carpenter & Prichard, 316). “It is unfortunate that Cedric Fauntleroy, the charming American grandson of a crusty English earl, has been stereotyped as a sissy, for he is a charming and resourceful child. But his characteristic velvet suit with Vandyke collar, a fashion of the day, was forced upon many real-life boys [A.A. Milne among them] who then looked upon the novel with disfavor. Nonetheless, it became one of the best-selling books of all time on both sides of the Atlantic, and spawned dozens of theatrical and film interpretations” (Silvey, 106). BAL 2064. Pierpoint Morgan Library, Children’s Literature 244.