London: Dean and Son, [ca. 1860]. First edition of a botanical work for children. Four hand-colored illustrations, including frontispiece and title-page. Corners slightly rubbed, gilt a bit faded. Minor soling and toning to cloth. Lacking front flyleaf. Contemporary ink signature on front pastedown. A few leaves at front and rear very slightly foxed. A very good, tight copy. Publisher’s red cloth tooled decoratively in blind and gilt, all edges gilt. Yellow coated endpapers. Octavo. 1], [1, blank], , [1, blank], 255, [1, blank], [4, ads] pp. Item #16498
We were unable to find much information about Caroline Mary Smith, including her dates, except that she wrote several other works, including Magdeln Havering (1861) and Grace Alford; or, The Way of Unselfishness (1865). Eva & Her Playfellows is a fictional work that is primarily narrated through dialogue between a child named Eva and several talking flowers, including a buttercup, a shepherd’s purse, a dandelion, a flax flower, and others.