A LITTLE BOOK OF PROFITABLE TALES
Published by CHARLES SCRIBNER'S & SONS, NY, NY (1896) 1889
Hardcover Measures 7x5 inches Weighs 15 ounces
Green cloth boards with gold text and decoration at front. Gold text on spine.
Rough cut pages are strong and tan. Text is crisp
Former owner was San Fransisco Women’s Club - stamp inside front cover. Back inside cover has two dates (assumed checkout) last date of August 18, 1939
Pages are clean. Solid well built book.
Cloth boards are rubbed at edges beginning to fray.
EXCERPT FROM BOOK:
THE FIRST CHRISTMAS TREE
ONCE upon a time the forest was in a great
commotion. Early in the evening the
wise old cedars had shaken their heads omi
nously and predicted strange things. They
had lived in the forest many, many years j but
never had they seen such marvellous sights as
were to be seen now in the sky, and upon the
hills, and in the distant village.
11 Pray tell us what you see," pleaded a little
vine; " we who are not as tall as you can be
hold none of these wonderful things. Describe
them to us, that we may enjoy them with you."
" I am filled with such amazement," said one
of the cedars, " that I can hardly speak. The
whole sky seems to be aflame, and the stars ap
pear to be dancing among' the clouds; angels
walk down from heaven to the earth, and enter
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4 THE FIRST CHRISTMAS TREE.
the village or talk with the shepherds upon the
The vine listened in mute astonishment. Such
things never before had happened. The vine
trembled with excitement. Its nearest neigh
bor was a tiny tree, so small it scarcely ever
was noticed; yet it was a very beautiful little
tree, and the vines and ferns and mosses and
other humble residents of the forest loved it
" How I should like to see the angels !" sighed
the little tree, " and how I should like to see the
stars dancing among the clouds! It must be
As the vine and the little tree talked of these
things, the cedars watched with increasing in
terest the wonderful scenes over and beyond the
confines of the forest. Presently they thought
they heard music, and they were not mistaken,
for soon the whole air was full of the sweetest
harmonies ever heard upon earth.
"What beautiful music !" cried the little tree.
" I wonder whence it comes."
"The angels are singing," said a cedar; "for
none but angels could make such sweet music."