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[Keary, Eliza?]; Ellen E. Houghton & Thomas Crane, illus. Abroad. London: Marcus Ward & Co., . 4to (22 cm, 8.66"). 56 pp.; col. illus. $150.00
"Last year, dear friends, we met 'At Home,' / And now 'Abroad' we mean to roam," in the even lovelier companion volume to At Home. For this outing, the poems and illustrations share a coherent theme: the experiences of an English family travelling in France. Osborne notes that "Thomas Crane, Walter's elder brother, designed the ornamental pages while his cousin, Mrs. Houghton did the figure designs." The chromolithographed scenes include our well-dressed friends departing from Charing Cross Station (and later, sleeping on the train home), boarding the steamer to cross to Calais, walking the Rue de l'Epicerie and visiting the Creche of Sister Rosalie (a nursery for children of working women) in Rouen, observing lacemakers in Caen, and enjoying all sorts of amusements in Paris. The publisher tells us only that "the verses are by various writers," but Opie suggests that Eliza Keary, who wrote the poems for At Home, may have been involved.
Provenance: Front pastedown with bookplate of Margaret Heydon Folger.
Osborne Collection, p. 49; Opie PP 330. Publisher's color-printed paper–covered sides with teal cloth shelfback; extremities rubbed with a little loss to paper of covers at corners and front cover with an instance of abrasion affecting the "O" of "Abroad"; general light soiling and limited areas of old blue (ink?) staining. Bookplate as above; half-title with inked Christmas gift inscription dated 1882. Pages gently age-toned with a very few small spots, overall clean; sewing loosening but not broken; a children's book "read," for sure. => One ready for more reading, and looking! (40829) Please RESHELVE This.
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