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SOLD - VERY RARE A Little Princess vintage book by Frances Hodgson Burnett, 1916 edition, color illustrations by artist Ethel Franklin Betts

SOLD - VERY RARE A Little Princess vintage book by Frances Hodgson Burnett, 1916 edition, color illustrations by artist Ethel Franklin Betts

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NOTE: This book is almost impossible to find, and the listing for the one I sold previously (which has been attracting people since it sold, and I always had to tell them I'm sorry it's gone) was from 1925, so this one is an even earlier edition making it much more rare as well.

I considered keeping this for myself but I know someone out there will cherish it and that feeling of connecting that person with this book is just too good to pass up. Maybe one fateful day I will encounter another one and keep it for my own collection, for this is one of the most beautiful books I've come across and such a wonderful timeless story :)

anyway.... on to the original description I wrote for the other copy I sold:

There is no other book like this one!

This story is a classic, and if not known or read by now, should be read and known by all whether child or child-at-heart. The movie came out in 1995, when I was 5, and that was my first introduction to the story of Sarah Crewe and the magic contained within this book.

What young girl couldn't identify with another young girl, sent off to a boarding school where she has no friends or family during World War I, who uses her imagination in an escapism that gains her friends and admirers alike? Her fanciful tales inspire all the girls to disobey their strict headmistress and as Sara goes through the trials and tribulations of young children during the war, including family tragedy, she remains defiant and strong. Her imagination and creativity and hopefulness are all dashed when she is forced to work in punishment, but only then do her stories begin to find their way into her life for real...

Do I have you hooked? Frances Hodgson Burnett wrote the story of Sara before this book, but in the introduction to this novel described as "The Whole Story," she says that in every story there is another story: the one even she isn't aware of at the time, though she knew there was more going on in Sara's world than the first book about her fit in. Then, these things came to her, new characters emerged and said "hello," in her way of thinking at least, and she expanded the story by writing A Little Princess the play, produced in New York. She says the reception was so great that her publishers urged her to write another Little Princess book with everything included, all the stuff she had discovered since the first and left out, and this is the product: The Whole Story of Sara Crewe.

The writing is beautiful, though the paintings are what still stick with me long after the story has left my mind -- Ethel Franklin Betts has produced a contained masterpiece in her part of the production of this work.

The writing, however, is just...beyond. For instance, "When you will not fly into a passion people know you are stronger than they are, because you are strong enough to hold in your rage, and they are not, and they say stupid things they wish they hadn't said afterward. There's nothing so strong as rage, except what makes you hold it in--that's stronger. It's a good thing not to answer your enemies."

Or my favorite, one that transcends just this book and has found itself into the world of all literature, all readers and writers and become a famous quote beyond the story it was born in: "Everything's a story - You are a story - I am a story."

She's right. We're all stories, and this one -- this is one of the greats.

And here's the straight information you may be looking for:

-Full Title: A Little Princess, Being the Whole Story of Sara Crewe Now Told for the First Time
-Author: Frances Hodgson Burnett
-Illustrator: Ethel Franklin Betts
-Format: Hardcover, blue cloth with flat-paste-down color illustrated cover, full with colored plates (gorgeous, I can't say this enough) including frontispiece which is protected from title page with preserved thin wax sheet (a wonderful touch I love in old books!), uncut page ends, pretty black and white vintage bookplate on front inside cover reading "Jane Perry Jopling, Her Book" (which I will research later for the provenance, since I have her full name) and signed in beautiful old-fashioned script on top front first page "To Jane, from Dick Russell"
-Condition: Minor-ly fragile but wonderful! All colored plates are intact and not falling out but as any old (SPECIAL RARE) book like this should be, I'd advise you to handle it carefully to preserve its wonderfulness. Still, totally readable and together, the binding could just be tighter. The condition is impressive to me though! There are a few scratches on the front paste-down illustrated cover but that is to be expected and they don't take away from anything, just felt I would mention. You can see them in the photographs!
-Publisher: Charles Scribner's Sons New York
-Copyright: Charles Scribner's Sons 1888 and 1905
-Date published: 1916
-Provenance: I've mentioned the signature and the bookplate and the names in the format, and like I said I'm going to do some research on these to gather more information! Personally I found it hidden in the B section (with books upon books nearly falling out of the shelves so I definitely could have missed it) of a thrift bookstore (not even a rare one! it just sometimes has rare gems among its more modern books so I only sometimes go) in Connecticut along the northeast coast. It was a total fluke basically that I found it, which happens all the time in my case the way I come upon these books, and I absolutely love it. So fantastic, so cool, such fate. And maybe it's fate you found this here in my shop too. :) This was December 2017.
-Pricing: If you are looking for this edition like I said it is nearly impossible to find, and I only say nearly because I don't want to state that it IS impossible to find, I was able to find one from 1937 and another later print in bad condition, though I've yet to find this year or ANY earlier year of this edition again for sale anywhere else. I'll have to keep looking. It is one of the most beautiful copies I've yet to see of this book so I took that into account with the price, and with such a famous artist responsible for the works inside and the stunning cover that I am going to miss seeing so much when this actually sells, I had to price it higher for this too. Also, the fact of just how special the work is in itself, it is THE A Little Princess, by THE Frances Hodgson Burnett, I mean, come on! Of course that entered into my pricing decision :)
SOLD

NOTE: This book is almost impossible to find, and the listing for the one I sold previously (which has been attracting people since it sold, and I always had to tell them I'm sorry it's gone) was from 1925, so this one is an even earlier edition making it much more rare as well.

I considered keeping this for myself but I know someone out there will cherish it and that feeling of connecting that person with this book is just too good to pass up. Maybe one fateful day I will encounter another one and keep it for my own collection, for this is one of the most beautiful books I've come across and such a wonderful timeless story :)

anyway.... on to the original description I wrote for the other copy I sold:

There is no other book like this one!

This story is a classic, and if not known or read by now, should be read and known by all whether child or child-at-heart. The movie came out in 1995, when I was 5, and that was my first introduction to the story of Sarah Crewe and the magic contained within this book.

What young girl couldn't identify with another young girl, sent off to a boarding school where she has no friends or family during World War I, who uses her imagination in an escapism that gains her friends and admirers alike? Her fanciful tales inspire all the girls to disobey their strict headmistress and as Sara goes through the trials and tribulations of young children during the war, including family tragedy, she remains defiant and strong. Her imagination and creativity and hopefulness are all dashed when she is forced to work in punishment, but only then do her stories begin to find their way into her life for real...

Do I have you hooked? Frances Hodgson Burnett wrote the story of Sara before this book, but in the introduction to this novel described as "The Whole Story," she says that in every story there is another story: the one even she isn't aware of at the time, though she knew there was more going on in Sara's world than the first book about her fit in. Then, these things came to her, new characters emerged and said "hello," in her way of thinking at least, and she expanded the story by writing A Little Princess the play, produced in New York. She says the reception was so great that her publishers urged her to write another Little Princess book with everything included, all the stuff she had discovered since the first and left out, and this is the product: The Whole Story of Sara Crewe.

The writing is beautiful, though the paintings are what still stick with me long after the story has left my mind -- Ethel Franklin Betts has produced a contained masterpiece in her part of the production of this work.

The writing, however, is just...beyond. For instance, "When you will not fly into a passion people know you are stronger than they are, because you are strong enough to hold in your rage, and they are not, and they say stupid things they wish they hadn't said afterward. There's nothing so strong as rage, except what makes you hold it in--that's stronger. It's a good thing not to answer your enemies."

Or my favorite, one that transcends just this book and has found itself into the world of all literature, all readers and writers and become a famous quote beyond the story it was born in: "Everything's a story - You are a story - I am a story."

She's right. We're all stories, and this one -- this is one of the greats.

And here's the straight information you may be looking for:

-Full Title: A Little Princess, Being the Whole Story of Sara Crewe Now Told for the First Time
-Author: Frances Hodgson Burnett
-Illustrator: Ethel Franklin Betts
-Format: Hardcover, blue cloth with flat-paste-down color illustrated cover, full with colored plates (gorgeous, I can't say this enough) including frontispiece which is protected from title page with preserved thin wax sheet (a wonderful touch I love in old books!), uncut page ends, pretty black and white vintage bookplate on front inside cover reading "Jane Perry Jopling, Her Book" (which I will research later for the provenance, since I have her full name) and signed in beautiful old-fashioned script on top front first page "To Jane, from Dick Russell"
-Condition: Minor-ly fragile but wonderful! All colored plates are intact and not falling out but as any old (SPECIAL RARE) book like this should be, I'd advise you to handle it carefully to preserve its wonderfulness. Still, totally readable and together, the binding could just be tighter. The condition is impressive to me though! There are a few scratches on the front paste-down illustrated cover but that is to be expected and they don't take away from anything, just felt I would mention. You can see them in the photographs!
-Publisher: Charles Scribner's Sons New York
-Copyright: Charles Scribner's Sons 1888 and 1905
-Date published: 1916
-Provenance: I've mentioned the signature and the bookplate and the names in the format, and like I said I'm going to do some research on these to gather more information! Personally I found it hidden in the B section (with books upon books nearly falling out of the shelves so I definitely could have missed it) of a thrift bookstore (not even a rare one! it just sometimes has rare gems among its more modern books so I only sometimes go) in Connecticut along the northeast coast. It was a total fluke basically that I found it, which happens all the time in my case the way I come upon these books, and I absolutely love it. So fantastic, so cool, such fate. And maybe it's fate you found this here in my shop too. :) This was December 2017.
-Pricing: If you are looking for this edition like I said it is nearly impossible to find, and I only say nearly because I don't want to state that it IS impossible to find, I was able to find one from 1937 and another later print in bad condition, though I've yet to find this year or ANY earlier year of this edition again for sale anywhere else. I'll have to keep looking. It is one of the most beautiful copies I've yet to see of this book so I took that into account with the price, and with such a famous artist responsible for the works inside and the stunning cover that I am going to miss seeing so much when this actually sells, I had to price it higher for this too. Also, the fact of just how special the work is in itself, it is THE A Little Princess, by THE Frances Hodgson Burnett, I mean, come on! Of course that entered into my pricing decision :)

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Absolutely! I'm willing to do anything to get this book to you, but I will not write on it. If it is not in the condition you want, I know preservation techniques and will certainly oblige as best I can. You just need to let me know.
I will wrap the book any way you want. It is special and so are you, you deserve it! I will also write cards, include photographs, anything you'd like that would make this transaction more, well, you.
I won't tell you how to care for your book, but as to how they are cared for now, they are housed in two places -- some are wrapped in plastic in my main room in the part of the house that used to be a quaint B&B, lined on lovely old wooden bookshelves; others are stacked in piles or leaning on cool, creative and different bookends all round the room, and all are given care, attention, and kept away from my dog :)

Others sit in my library, in built-in authentic 1800s wooden and glass-door library shelves that line the walls in a secluded room in a historic home on the shore. With vintage, warm lamplights over the tiny marble fireplace, the library's windows catch plenty of sunlight--the books are in good homes and will arrive undamaged.
If the book comes later than expected this does not mean it was sent late. Every book is sent within 1-3 business days, unless one of the days is a Sunday, then it could be an extra day. This applies to International orders as well, but they might take longer to get to you than in-country orders. If there is a problem, please bring it up with UPS or see Etsy's policies.
I am more than willing to hunt down a specific book for you. This can take time, however, and would be a matter of personal back-and-forth on the site so you would have to keep in contact. There is no guarantee. I'm good at finding things however, and if I cannot find it to sell to you myself I will direct you to where I can find it online, if I can.

Important to note, however, that I may have it in my holdings already so it ALWAYS helps to check in with me. Listings come up continually, and it may just be waiting here to get processed and put up.
Contact me directly via the site and I will do my absolute best to help correct it. There should be no problems.
Always willing to make new friends and take on new jobs or opportunities -- this business does not stop me from working a full or part time job, and I am currently looking, so please contact me! Dempseylynch@gmail.com. I am definitely interested in talking with you and love meeting new people (especially book lovers of course).
Sure! Although the books are priced the way they are and are worth that amount based on a lot of factors (condition compared to others available online, if there are any available online or if it is the only one, age and whether it is signed or special in some way, etc.) I am always willing to hear you out as to why you think the books price is off, and work with you as best I can. I cannot guarantee the price will change, that is bad for my business, but I will listen to you. Don't be afraid to reach out. The worst that can happen is I will say no.

I put the reasons behind my pricing method for each item at the end of the listing so check that out if you're curious too :)

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