Boards worn, soiled, corners bumped, some frayin at spine head and foot; front and rear hinges cracked; some intermittent internal soiling, pp toned, binding generally sound. 800 pp.; Always Delivery Confirmation. 35 Years Fast Excellent Service. We Know How To Pack Books. Bookseller Inventory #
Title: Mabley And Carew's Children's Stories By The...
Publisher: Skillman Printing Works
Publication Date: 1889
Book Condition: Good
Book Description Cincinnati, OH, 1889. Hard Cover. Condition: Fair. No Jacket. It was Mr. Carew, for whom the Carew Tower in Cincinnati is named, who conceived the notion of "offering prizes to the boys and girls for the best stories they could write," in four Ohio River states in 1888. Mr. Carew and company distributed 20,000 circulars in October of that year throughout the four states describing the contest and the monetary prizes to be awarded. This book is the "precious souvenir" that Mr. Carew promised to "the Little Authors and their friends," in addition to getting their stories published in the Cincinnati area newspapers. The stories are printed "exactly as they came from the pens of the young writers; not a single erasure or correction being made." (from "Introductory") The four judges are pictured in steel engravings after the "Introductory;" three being educators and authors, and the fourth being one Henry Curtin, "Compiler of this book and author of Mabley and Carew's advertising." The book is 797 pages, and contains stories written by many of our juvenile ancestors. I noticed that one of the judges was Mary A. Thompson, "author and teacher," and a resident of Burlington, Kentucky, where I now reside. There are approximately 250 stories, poems, essays and even one "pictorial composition," and the pieces written by contest winners of the money prizes include steel engravings of the authors. The "Index of Names of Authors and Subjects" is arranged alphabetically. There are many Cincinnati area and other large city representatives, but flipping through the pages, I've also spotted submissions from small towns like Maineville, Cleves, Xenia, Hannibal, Oxford, Coshocton, Logan, Jamestown, Upper Sandusky, Seville, Tiffin, Lockland and Lebanon Ohio; Aurora, Thorntown, Vevay, Bluffton and Greensburg, Indiana; Sherman, Williamstown and Richmond, Kentucky. A fourteen-year-old Cincinnati girl describes growing up at her "Old Kentucky Home" in Sulphur Well, Kentucky, and "sitting around the fire. (with) the fierce winds howling without. listening to the sad, old stories that grandma told about the (Civil) war." There are few submissions from West Virginia, (upon much of which the sun didn't even shine in those days, I've heard it said), so the circulars may not have penetrated its hollows. One essay about his town by a writer who described himself as "a little boy of thirteen years" says that Buffalo, West Virginia, has seven stores, three nice churches, a small brick-yard that "started up here last September," and one railroad. Also, "We live just two miles from where General Jubal Early was born, who is now manager of the Louisiana State Lottery." Much history of the times from the pens of small scribes. Brown cloth boads with black titles and engraved illustrations on the front and back, gilt titles on the spine. Covers are worn, corners and spine edges are frayed and rounded. Pages are age-browned and brittle with some dogears and tears, several pages at the front and back have come loose and are laid in, and three pages are torn with significant parts of the page missing: the bottom-right corner of the title page/introduction; almost all of pages 7-8, which is part of the "Report of the Committee on Prizes," and about the top right one-third of pages 479-480, a story by Clara Murphy of Bellbrook, Ohio. The spine cover is completey detached at the front hinge, but the gauze is intact and the threads are still holding the rest of the book together. There are pencil notations covering the front endpaper, and a number of entries in the index have pencil marks in the margin beside them, but the text is otherwise unmarked. Size: 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" tall. Seller Inventory # JF00244