London: T.C. & E.C. Jack, Ltd., 1915. Item #02978
As Opposed to Songs Without Music
First Edition with Tarrant Illustrations, Scarce in Dust Jacket
TARRANT, Margaret W., illustrator. STEVENSON, R.L. Songs With Music From 'A Child's Garden of Verses' by ... Illustrated by Margaret W. Tarrant. Music by Rev. Thomas Crawford, B.D.. London: T.C. & E.C. Jack, Ltd., n.d. [c. 1915].
First edition. Quarto (10 1/4 x 7 5/8 in; 261 x 193 mm). 55, [1, blank] pp. Color frontispiece, color pictorial title-page and 12 color headpieces, numerous black and white text illustrations.
Publisher's quarter cream cloth over paper boards with laid-on color illustration. Original gray paper dust-jacket with pasted-on color illustration (same as on the cover). Corners very slightly bumped, light offset to endpapers from dust jacket, early ink signature on front free endpaper, minimal chipping to jacket spine extremities. Small booksellers label on front pastedown. A near fine copy.
The songs: Bed in Summer, Where go the Boats, My Shadow, A Good Boy, Marching Song, The Wind, Foreign Children, The Swing, Farewell to the Farm, My Ship and I, My Kingdom and Picture-Books in Winter.
Margaret Winifred Tarrant (1888 – 29 July 1959) was an English illustrator specializing in depictions of fairy-like children and religious subjects. She began her career at the age of 20 with an edition of Charles Kingsley's The Water Babies, and painted and published into the early 1950s. In the 1920s, Tarrant helped to popularize fairies in a long-running series of titles on the theme such as The Forest Fairies, The Pond Fairies, and The Twilight Fairies. She was long associated with the Medici Society and many of her postcards, calendars, and children's books were published by the organization.