Homer, Winslow (illus).
Boston. Ticknor and Fields. 1868.
Vol. IV. BOUND VOLUME, 8.5 x 6 inches, 758 pp. Twelve monthly issues; slight vertical folds to some issues (due to mailing?) Color and black and white illustrations. Most of the volume's leather spine is missing; covers are held in place with masses of scotch tape; an original poor quality water color has been taped to front free endpaper; notations in pencil on various pages; considerable spotting or foxing throughout. A much read volumes. "Our Young Folks" for 1868 is of particular interest to collectors for two reasons: the first of these is the initial appearance of the story "Holiday Romance" (in four parts: January, March, April, May) by Charles Dickens, and the second is the publication of three wood engravings by Winslow Homer. These engaging prints of children are "Watching the Crows" (June, light toning in small area of left margin and in bottom margin below the text ); "The Strawberry Bed" (July, half inch tear to left margin well away from the image; very small toned spot on image's upper left edge); "Green Apples" (August, light toning top free end well away from image). Additional illustrations by John Gilbert ("A Holiday Romance") and other artists. These include a curious image depicting various members of the cat family entitled "The Family Dinner-Party." Although it would be difficult to find a shabbier-looking volume, the Homer prints are in quite good condition, with issues noted. Item #48773