London: Burns & Oates, 1906. Quarto (11 inches tall), original illustrated stitched wrappers. Expert reinforcement to spine, modest soiling and toning, front corners worn, interiors quite clean, coloring bright. A near-fine copy. Item #1111
"MAKE FRIENDS WITH THE SAINTS, FOR THE SAINTS ARE GOD'S FRIENDS"
Early edition of this exquisitely illustrated ABC—dedicating each letter of the alphabet to a different Saint—this copy with splendid contemporary hand coloring of the original black-and-white illustrations. First published in 1905, this popular alphabet—lettered from "A" (Antony of Padua) to "Z" (Zita)—is distinguished by its large format and elegant line-illustrations by Lindsay Symington, each initialed and dated in the plate and enclosed within a bold red border. The Saints depicted are: Antony - Benedict - Christopher - Dominic - Edmund - Francis of Assisi - Gregory the Great - Helen - Ignatius - Jerome - Katherine - Louis - Martin - Norbert - Odo - Philip - Quentin - Richard - Sebastian - Thomas - Ursula - Vincent of Paul - Wilfrid - Zytus - Yves - Zita. The rhymes were prepared by three authors (including Robert Hugh Benson), with a brief rhymed Preface and a Latin Dedication to Pope Pius X: "R.B. C.R. et R.H.B./ Filiolae Clarae Angelae / Hoc Alphabetum dono dant / Pioque Papae Dedicant." An illustrated colophon closes the text: "Three men with the pen and one man with the paints. Have depicted the lives of these twenty-six SAINTS." This edition was printed at The Arden Press in Leamington and concludes with an original hand-colored illustration (initialed presumably by the colorist). A charming Lives of the Saints for children, quite unusual with hand coloring.