Christmas Reading

Christmas Reading

The Lark.  Little Bessie’s Stories.  Philadelphia: T. Elwood Zell & Co., 1864. 

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This is a short compilation of poetry about birds and nature.  Perhaps its most remarkable aspect is this color stenciled wrapper featuring the image of a mother and daughter reading together with a decorated Christmas tree in the background.  The square format and colored cover resembles the picture books that New York publisher McLoughlin Brothers was issuing at the same time.  This is only the second children’s book that we have acquired that was published by T. Elwood Zell.

Adopted by Peg Lesinski in honor of Kristine Derick



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