[Original Calligraphic Manuscript]. On Christmas Days
Adams, Margaret A.

[Shrewsbury: Written at the Author’s Studio, 1911.] Handwritten dedication page, which reads: “To Marjory, / gratefully, from M.A.A., / December 11th, 1911. / “’We are two friends,’ tells everything. / Yet if you must know, this is why: / Because she is she and I am I. / E.V. Lucas. [1, dedication], [1, blank], [11] [6, blank], [2, colophon] pp. Title-page illustrated in red, blue, green, black, and gold, and initial letters. Text written in black ink and rubricated in green. A fine copy. Bound by hand in limp vellum, yapp edges, front cover hand-lettered in black ink. Square octavo,(5 x 7 (Item ID: 16349)


We were able to learn little about Margaret Adams, including her dates. She is likely the author of Ye Olde Alphabet of Shrewsbury, compiled and illustrated in 1907.Regarding the creation of the present work, which is an essay about children and the Christmas holiday, Adams writes to her friend Marjory: “It is an ancient and honoured custom that on our birthdays we should send each other some message of greetings, and so this little bundle of ideas on Xmas’es is sent to you by one whom you know by the name of Anne. I do not suppose the ideas in the bundle are very new, but I have just put them down, and sent them you for what they are worth...

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