The Palmer Cox Brownie Primer Arranged from Palmer Cox's Brownie Books Text By Mary C. Judd Pictures By Palmer Cox Grading and Editing By Montrose J. Moses
Cox, Palmer

New York, N.Y.: The Century Co., 1918. 108 pages; illustrations in blue and gold-yellow throughout by the Canadian-born illustrator Palmer Cox (1840 - 1924) "... literary historians pay tribute to Cox for his pioneering role in the creation of nondidactic children's literature. Cox's purpose in creating the Brownies was to entertain, not teach; thus his books never moralized, although they do offer ethical lessons by example. Cox is also considered one of the founders of the genre of children's fantasy and his Brownies have been viewed as precursors of J. R. R. Tolkien's Hobbits." (Ann T. Keene in the ANB) A note on provenance: Cox spent his summers in Quogue, Long Island and has presented and signed this copy to Francis Smith on the front endpaper, dated 1918; a further pencil note at the bottom of that page states that the book was "found at Smith Cottage in Dec. 1986...Quogue." Approx. 5 1/2" x 7 3/4" size; bound in pale yellow cloth illustrated with green Cox Brownie figures & lettering, illustrated endpapers. Much soiling and wear to the binding and contents; endpapers splitting at the inner hinges. In good condition; an artifact from the famous illustrator's residence in Quogue. Good Hardcover (Item ID: 25663)


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