Josephine and Her Dolls

Dolls Go to War
Dressed In Scarce Dust Jacket

[APPLETON, Honor, Illustrator]. CRADOCK, H.C. Josephine and Her Dolls. London: Blackie and Son, Limited, n.d. [1916].

First edition. Octavo (9 3/4 x 7 in; 248 x 178 mm). 47, [1] pp. Eight full-page color plates, including frontispiece. Black and white drawings throughout.

Publisher's original quarter cream cloth over tan pictorial boards. Original color pictorial dust jacket, with a few small chips at extremities. Endpapers and top edge slightly foxed. An excellent copy, very scarce in the original color printed dust jacket.

The first book, to the best of our research, for children to directly address war from a child's perspective.

Josephine's family of dolls copes with World War I; "Sunny Jim" enlists, "Dora" wants to be a Red Cross nurse, and "Charlie" thinks he's Lord Kitchener.

Although she was an illustrator for the "Blackies Annual", British illustrator Honor Charlotte Appleton (1879-1951) is probably best remembered by the fans of the "Josephine" books for the wonderful illustrations that brought to life the stories written by the author, Mrs H C Cradock. Item #01836

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