New York and London: Oxford University Press, 1936. First edition. Quarto (7 1/4 x 9 3/4 inches), original beige cloth, illustrated endpapers, original dust jacket. Cloth boards with modest soiling and foxing to joints and edges, two short closed tears to front panel of price-clipped dust jacket. Interiors and plates fresh and bright. A lovely copy. Item #197
"THE PAINTINGS HAVE DISTINCTION, BEAUTY, AND A LOVELY SIMPLICITY THAT SO RIGHTLY BELONGS TO THE STORIES OF THE SAINTS" First edition of Eleanor Farjeon's collection of biographies, containing the stories of the lives of ten great saints from the third century to the thirteenth century: Saint Christopher (July 25th), Saint Martin (November 11th), Saint Dorothea (February 6th), Saint Bridget (February 1st), Saint Patrick (March 17th), Saint Hubert (November 3rd), Saint Giles (September 1st), Saint Simeon Stylites (January 25th), Saint Nicholas (December 6th), and Saint Francis (October 4th). Ten Saints was magnificently illustrated throughout by Helen Sewell, including dust jacket, front of the binding, front and back endpapers, color frontispiece and nine other full-page color plates. Curiously, two of the plates are presumably misbound: Hubert appears after page 58 (in St. Patrick) and Giles appears after page 68 (in St. Hubert). The biographies are descended from the oral legends that formed the medieval Lives of the Saints. Sewell's plates are "clear, strong, and reflect the beauty of Farjeon's storytelling." (Meigs). Cornelia Meigs, A Critical History of Children's Literature, 465.