Antique Book, Homespun Stories, Ascott R. Hope, 1883, Woodblock Engravings
This 1883, antique book by Ascott R. Hope, Homespun Stories, is such a marvelous work of Victorian art, in addition to its value to American literary history. This vintage boyhood book is definitely a collector's volume, with its beautiful woodblock engravings for the cover and illustrations. The green board cover shows a Victorian design with gilt. The image depicts a boy climbing a pole, and is taken from the frontispiece illustration, entitled "At the Masthead," and serves as the chapter illustration for the short story, "My Escape." The collection opens with a marvelous essay, "Spinning a Story," in which the author contemplates and explains the process and value of storytelling.
Published by D. Appleton, NY, each story is accompanied by its own illustration and is delightful reading, as well. Hope was well known as a writer of coming-of-age stories for boys. In doing so, he offers us 19th-century lore that provides a touchstone to Victorian culture and morays.
The book measures 7" x 5" x 1 1/4" and contains 346 pages, plus two pages of Appleton Co. publications.
This antique volume is in remarkably good condition, as you can see from the photos. The pages show some age toning, but they are not fragile. The pages are free of marks, rips, and tears. This is, truly, a nice find.
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