The Friendly Things

There is a forgotten bookmark in today's post, but I think the book it was found in is just as interesting.

The book is "The Elf-Errant" by Moira O'Neill and features exquisite black and white illustrations by W.E.F. Britten.

Here is the cover:




 The front endpaper has an cute inscription:



To Kay (An Irish Girl)

From Edna (An English Girl)

Title page:



Here are some of the illustrations:




 


Finally, the poem:



THE FRIENDLY THINGS

Oh,  it's just the homely little things,
The unobtrusive friendly things,
The "Won't-you-let-me-help-you" things
That make our pathway light.

The "Laugh-with-me-it's-funny" things
And it;s the jolly, joking things,
The "Never-mind-the-trouble" things
That make the world seem bright.

Are not the human little things,
The "Everyday-encountered" things,
The "just-because-I-love-you" things
That make us happy quite?

So here's to all the little things,
The "Done-and-then-forgotten" things,
Those "oh-it's-simply-nothing" things
That make life worth the fight.

"The Elf-Errant" by Moira O'Neill. Published by Lawrence and Bullen, London, 1895.



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15 comments:

RMb said...

oh my! this book is just beautiful! i love the illustrations. what a great find! :)

Deb Salisbury said...

A wonderful book and a sweet poem. Thanks!

MrCachet said...

Another GREAT find! Does it say who did the illustrations? They're wonderful.

sinclair said...

That's one crazy cool book.

unmoderated said...

Mr C - I mentioned at the top of the post that they are by W.E.F. Britten.

Angie said...

& to purchase this book / bookmark? I recall that you said to contact you, or perhaps you had a site where you sell them... Of course, as everyone has budgets, it depends on all that.

Angie said...

& to purchase this book / bookmark? I recall that you said to contact you, or perhaps you had a site where you sell them... Of course, as everyone has budgets, it depends on all that.

Momyerom said...

Beautiful! I love it

unmoderated said...

Angie, you can always reach me using the Contact link on the front page:

Contact Me!

Or you can email me.

unmoderated said...

fb@forgottenbookmarks.com

brie said...

This is just lovely. I especially like the inscription. The illustrations are wonderful, but the poem takes the cake.

MrCachet said...

And if I'd have looked closely, he (or she) signed them lower left...

Tricia said...

Did you mean to post that one illustration twice? They're quite lovely, I wish I could see more. :^)

Marie Burton said...

This is so wonderfully whimsical =)

Michelle Cummings said...

oh, anything faeries...I would love that book! you sell on line?

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