London. W & F. G. Cash and Aylott & Jones. 1857.
Twelve monthly issues of a journal for young readers, black and white in-text woodcut illustrations, each issue approximately 32 pages, index, bound together in a volume approximately 5 x 3 inches, leather spine and corners with marbled paper-covered boards (hardbound). Covers lightly rubbed; damp staining to endpapers and index; moderate light foxing, overall good condition. The volume, featuring numerous woodcuts, contains short articles and poems emphasizing piety, virtue, bravery, and good conduct. Titles include "Little Mary and the Old Woman," "Peret the Cabin-Boy," "The Stolen Mellon" and many more. The December number features an essay, "The Editors' Farewell," in which these persons collectively disclose that they are totally burned out and greatly discouraged and that, after fourteen years toil on the publication, intend to throw in the towel. Addressing their readers they observe: "we have only to remind them that, for some years past, the pages of 'The Olive Leaf' have been largely occupied by reprints from other publications. It is true that many of these materials have been imported from the other side of the Atlantic...This is not a satisfactory state of things." They recommend, for those pained by the loss of the monthly, a subscription to The Band of Hope Review and, at the end the December number, bring their editorial chores to a close with a poem entitled "My First Illness." A helpful index allows easy access to the purloined contents. Generally an attractive copy of what we realize is the Olive Leaf's swan song. Item #47220