Philadelphia: David McKay Company, 1923. Item #02971
David Copperfield, Tiny Tim, Little Nell, Alice, Heidi, Rebecca, Mowgli and Hans Brinker
All Together in One Book
[SMITH, Jessie Willcox, illustrator]. SMITH, Nora Archibald. Boys and Girls of Bookland. Philadelphia: David McKay Company, [Cosmopolitan Book Corporation, 1923].
First edition, second issue. Large quarto (11 15/16 x 9 1/4 inches; 303 x 234 mm.). [iv], 100 pp. Eleven full-page color plates.
Publishers brown paper boards, front cover lettered in black and with a color illustration (a duplicate of the color plate facing p. 48) pasted on, spine lettered in black. Small tape repair to front pastedown, neat ink signature to front free-endpaper, otherwise a near fine copy in the original color pictorial dust jacket, a little chipped at extremities.
"In a large-format book published in 1923 by the Cosmopolitan Book Corporation entitled Boys and Girls of Bookland, Smith contributed eleven full-page color illustrations of various characters from classic children's books. One can find in this book delightful illustrations of Alice in Wonderland, Rebecca of Sunnybrook Farm, The Little Lame Prince, David Copperfield, Little Women, Tiny Tim, Jackanapes and others. Many of these illustrations had appeared just months before this publication as covers for Good Housekeeping, and their appearance for the first time in a picture book was very well received by the public. The illustration for Little Women is an excellently balanced composition with the four central characters being framed on each side by red curtains, and the heads of three of the figures are set off by the pale yellow drapes in the background." (Edward D. Nudelman, Jessie Willcox Smith: American Illustrator, pp. 42/43).
"Probably contributing most to Smith's fame was her continuing relationship with the Good Housekeeping Company. Impressed with her exemplary illustrations for Mother Goose, Good Housekeeping moved quickly to commission Smith to illustrate that journal's cover on consecutive issues in the calendar year of 1918. As it turned out, a Smith color picture would appear on each and every cover of Good Housekeeping from December 1917 through April 1933. There was no issue in January 1920 due to a strike. Smith added another cover in May of 1934, for a total of 184 separate illustrations.
These covers for Good Housekeeping represent one of the longest runs of published covers by a single artist in the history of pictorial illustration. Although the subject matter varied, a predominant theme was the representation of the American home and family life, which invariably included children in all sorts of activities. Along with Smith's first published cover, the magazine included a short preface introducing the illustrator…
Many of the illustrations first published as covers for Good Housekeeping were later assembled together as book illustrations. This was true of A Child's Book of Modern Stories (1920), A Little Child's Book of Stories (1922), A Very Little Child's Book of Stories (1923), Boys and Girls of Bookland (1923), and A Child's Book of Country Stories (1925). (Edward D. Nudelman, Jessie Willcox Smith: American Illustrator, p. 39).