One, Two, Three, Four.
New York: Frederick A. Stokes & Brother, 1889. Hardcover. Somewhat scarce. A sweet 19th century children's book with rather charming verse by Cone. American poet Helen Gray Cone (1859 - 1934) was a professor of English Literature at Hunter College (Normal College) in New York for much of her life. She graduated from this all girls college and later became the first female professor there. Her poems are illustrated with four full page color lithographs of young children by Maud Humphrey (1868 - 1940), an important commercial illustrator, watercolor artist, suffragette, and the mother of the actor Humphrey Bogart. Mono-tint vignette illustrations by Humphrey are on all of pages of text. In green linen bound yellow paper boards w/color & gilt illustrations, chipping to edges, soiling and scuffing; corners & edges worn. Soiling to laid-paper endpapers previous owner's antiquated signature to front free endpaper. Some light smudging/soiling to interior though mostly clean; the color plates are very clean and bright. Unpaginated. CHIL/9303. Good +.