Xmas 1905

A small hard covered book addressed to my grandmother
"Edna Burrows Xmas 1905"

A sweet little family heirloom book

The illustrations are by Gordon Browne

No edition, date of publication or printing information except


Henry Altemus Company


The famous story of the Rip Van Winke first appeared in 1818, and was republished in London the following year as one of a series of papers which had the collective titles of The Sketch-book of Geoffrey Crayon, Gent"., this being a pseudonym which Washington Irving attached to several of his works. The author, born in New York in 1783 of a Scottish father and English mother was residing in England when the Sketch-book appeared. He had already become known to the reading world of Britain by his humorous and fictitious History of the New York, by Deidrich Knickerbocker. It is to the same mythical American Dutchman that he ascribed the admirable tale here presented, as the reader will learn from the statement prefixed to it, professedly proceeding from the pen of Geoffery Crayon, Irving lived for a number of years in England, and was on intimate terms with Moore, Campbell, Sir Walter Scott, and other distinguished men of the time. His later years were spent on Wolfert’s Roost (or Sunnyside). His retreat as the River Hudson, and here he died in 1859.

The specialty of this edition consists in the illustrations by Gordon Browne, and these speak for themselves. The Text is divided into pages of various sizes in order that the passage illustrated may come directly opposite the respective illustrations."

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fitty's pinky rose cottage said...

Merry Christmas & Happy Holidays

~ ~ Ahrisha ~ ~ said...

Lovely heirloom. So lucky that you have it to remember your family history. Christmas just does that for me. I seem to want to be with family and share stories about the old days.

Mrs. B. said...

That looks like a book to be treasured. Beautiful cover and artwork.

sherri@lavenderfields said...

That's an old book and to have it signed is so special! You must really treasure it! Hope you had a Merry Christmas

Cindy ~ My Romantic Home said...

How wonderful that the book has been cherished and past down! Thanks for joining in on Show and Tell!

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