London: T.C. & E.C. Jack, 1906. First edition. Large octavo (9 1/2 inches tall), gilt decorated russet cloth with mounted illustration, illustrated endpapers, top edge gilt, uncut. Partially unopened, corners gently bumped, endpapers tanned, spotting to fore-edges of the text block, gilt cloth bright. Item #731
"DEAR CHILD, JESUS WAS NEVER NEARER TO HIS FATHER'S LOVING HEART THEN WHEN HE HUNG UPON THE CROSS" First edition of these stories illustrating the Life and Teaching of Christ for younger readers—in a splendid publisher's Art Nouveau-style binding. The Child's Life of Jesus is illustrated with a captioned frontispiece, title-page vignette, and 30 colored plates by Paul Woodroffe, an artist known for his stained glass and book illustrations. The book is composed of four sections: Book I. Sunrise on the Hills, Book II. The Shining Light, Book III. The Valley of the Shadow, Book IV. The Glory Beyond. With Rev. C.M. Steedman's brief Preface: "the present work, while marked, it is hoped, by the simplicity which should characterise a book intended primarily for the young, is an attempt to present the Life and Teaching of the children's Saviour in somewhat fuller and more generous outline" ("Shaw Vicarage, Wilts/Ascension Day, 1906"). An excellent copy of a lovely book.