Hop-O'-Me-Heart. A Grown-Up Fairy-Tale
Hop-O'-Me-Heart. A Grown-Up Fairy-Tale
Hop-O'-Me-Heart. A Grown-Up Fairy-Tale

HOUSMAN, Laurence. Hop-O'-Me-Heart. A Grown-Up Fairy-Tale.

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HOUSMAN, Laurence Hop-O'-Me-Heart. A Grown-Up Fairy-Tale. Flansham: The Pear Tree Press, 1938.

Tall 8vo., blue paste-paper boards with paper label lettered and decorated in silver; pp. [iv], 5-15, [i]; with frontis and a further four illustrations/motifs by John Guthrie; boards tanned to edges, with some red staining to the lower edge of upper board, and a couple of other dirt marks; interally a very fresh copy.
Limited to 160 copies, this copy no. 23. Additionally signed by the author to the ffep; "With affectionate greetings to Winifred from L.H., Christmas 1938". The recipient is likely the artist, social reformer and craftswoman Winifred Gill, with whom Housman had a lively correspondence between the years of 1939-1948.
Housman was a prolific writer, with over a hundred published works to his name. Along with Hop-O-'-Me-Heart, Housman also wrote several fairy tales for children, including A Farm in Fairyland (1894) and fantasy stories with Christian undertones for adults, such as All-Fellows (1896), The Cloak of Friendship (1905), and Gods and Their Makers (1897).

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