London; Nd(ca.1911): Hodder & Stoughton. Florence Hardy Small, 1860-1933. Thin 12mo. Item #027998
30 pages, Frontispiece is signed in the plate "Fhardy. While the book is undated, the British Museum cites the publication date of 1911. All illustrations and text printed in green. The cover has a full color pastedown on paper covered boards made to resemble a tree trunk. In this book, an old fairy sells sticks to all the children in the village for a penny. When the stick starts to misbehave, the children try to get rid of the sticks. One page shows a boy who made bow and arrow from the stick, when he shoots a bird the stick begins to attack him while another page asks the question: "Who killed Cock Robin?" A girl named Madeline takes her stick and makes a fiddle stick which makes such beautiful music that set all to dancing but when anyone else picked up the stick it wouldn't play. Reference: Lost legacy, critical assessment and catalogue of the illustrated works of Ernest Arts, OCLC shows copies at Cambridge, NYPL and the University of Washington, Special Collections. A small stamp of an American flag is on the verso of the title page, edges rubbed. A very good copy.