Songs of Childhood
Publisher: Longmas, Green and Co
xiii+174 with seven color plates and numerous black and white. Royal octavo (9 1/4" x 6") in halve faux vellum and hard boards. Illustrated by Estella Canziani. Signed and limited to 310 copies of which this is number 259. First published in 1902.
Walter John de la Mare was an English poet, short story writer and novelist, probably best remembered for his works for children and "The Listeners".He was born in Kent, descended from a family of French Huguenots, and was educated at St Paul's Cathedral School.His first book, Songs of Childhood, was published under the pseudonym Walter Ramal. He worked in the statistics department of the London office of Standard Oil for eighteen years while struggling to bring up a family, but nevertheless found enough time to write, and, in 1908, through the efforts of Sir Henry Newbolt he received a Civil List pension which enabled him to concentrate on writing.De la Mare also wrote some subtle psychological horror stories; "Seaton's Aunt" and "Out of the Deep" are noteworthy examples. His 1921 novel, Memoirs of a Midget, won the James Tait Black Memorial Prize for fiction.
Previous owner's gift inscription on front end paper, corners and spine ends bumped else a very good copy.
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