KARL AND THE QUEEN OF QUEER-LAND. New York: American Book Exchange, 1880. Square octavo, pp. [i-iii] iv [v] viii [1] 2-148 [note: frontispiece and other illustrations are not included in publisher's pagination, but are part of the gatherings, not separate plates], flyleaves at front and rear, 23 full page illustrations by Edwin Austin Abbey and Livingston Hopkins, original pictorial green cloth, front and spine panels stamped in black and gold, rear panel stamped in blind, gray endpapers. First edition. A mixture of prose and poetry for young readers, some originally published in HARPER'S MONTHLY and ST. NICHOLAS magazines. This collection was reprinted as THE FAIRY OF THE MOONBEAM; OR, KARL'S QUEER STORIES (New York: Howard Challen, 1885). Mrs. Elizabeth T. Corbett (1830-1899) was the author of nonsense verse; at least one her poems had a modern edition, "The Three Old Wise Women" with illustrations by Yu-Mei-Han published in 2004. Another of Mrs. Corbett's poems collected here, "Three Wise Old Couples," was published separately in London by Cassell, Petter, Galpin & Co. in 1881 with color illustrations by Livingston Hopkins. Three of the poems: "The Three Wise Old Women," "The Three Wise Old Men" and "The Three Wise Old Couples" were collected and published by P. F. Volland Company in 1928 with illustrations by Fletcher C. Ransom. "Very little is known about Elizabeth Corbett ... She is referred to as a "popular poet of the late 1800s," and there are presumably additional poems of hers published in magazines of the times (e.g. "My Visit to Utopia"). All of her books were originally published in New York, so the location and dates of publications are consistent with a known gravestone for "Elizabeth T. Corbett" in Green-Wood Cemetery, Brooklyn, New York (unknown-July 8, 1899)." - ISFDB. Allibone supplement I, p. 388 (listing the 1885 reprint). Cloth lightly worn at spine ends and corner tips, a very good copy with tight inner hinges and clean text, frontispiece tissue guard present. A very nice copy -- and quite scarce thus. (#164012).

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