Crothers (1937) The Children of Dickens – Illustrated Jessie Wilcox Smith


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Crothers, Samuel McChord. The Children of Dickens. (New York: Charles Scribner’s Sons, 1936) Later edition. Illus. by Jessie Wilcox Smith.

Octavo. 259 pages plus one catalog of “Scribner’s Illustrated Classics for Younger Readers”.Uncut edges, some unopened pages.

Condition: VG. All illustrations are present. Spine faded, onlay shows rubbing. Binding tight, endpapers show foxing, which does no appear in textblock. Minor bumping to corners and spine ends. What appears to be two minor paint spots to spine.

Samuel McChord Crothers (June 7, 1857–November 1927) was an American Unitarian minister with The First Parish in Cambridge. He was a popular essayist.

Crothers graduated from Wittenberg College in 1873. In 1874, he graduated from College of New Jersey. After earning a divinity degree at Union Theological Seminary in 1877, he became a Presbyterian minister. He resigned in 1881 and converted to the Unitarian church in 1882.

Crothers died suddenly at his home in Cambridge, Massachusetts. – Wikipedia


Jessie Willcox Smith (September 6, 1863 – May 3, 1935) was an American female illustrator during the Golden Age of American illustration. She was considered “one of the greatest pure illustrators”. She was a contributor to books and magazines during the late 19th and early 20th centuries. Smith illustrated stories and articles for clients such as Century, Collier’s, Leslie’s Weekly, Harper’s, McClure’s, Scribners, and the Ladies’ Home Journal. She had an ongoing relationship with Good Housekeeping, which included the long-running Mother Goose series of illustrations and also the creation of all of the Good Housekeeping covers from December 1917 to 1933. Among the more than 60 books that Smith illustrated were Louisa May Alcott’s Little Women and An Old-Fashioned Girl, Henry Wadsworth Longfellow’s Evangeline, and Robert Louis Stevenson’s A Child’s Garden of Verses. – Wikipedia