The Field the Fox Hunt and the Farm [1880s]
London: Frederick Warne, n.d. . Grey, Frank. No stated edition. Hardcover (pictorial cloth, gilt stamped). N.p., many color ills. by Frank Grey on 36 plates. Rebacked, new endpapers. There is a torn blank leaf within the last poem, but this is a binding error; nothing is missing. Most pages stained or foxed. Fair (more condition details on request). Item #14144
Three long poems for children: "The Little Sportsman's Alphabet," "The Farm Yard Hunt," and "A Country Holiday," all with lively illustrations. A well-loved copy of an appealing and scarce book. Ink presentation, "Thomas Lewis Teesdale Reeve--A Christmas Present from his Grandmamma and Auntie Flo, Dec. 25th 1883." One Thomas Lewis Teesdale Reeve was arrested 20 years later for deserting from the North-West Mounted Police in Canada. Valentine was a prolific editor and author of children's stories and verse, but this title is very uncommon in any condition (5 print copies in WorldCat).