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    First Edition of "Pollyanna"-"The Glad Book"

    Eleanor H[odgman] Porter. Pollyanna. Illustrated by Stockton Mulford. Boston: L. C. Page & Company, 1913.

    First edition, first impression ("February, 1913" on verso of title-page). Octavo (7.4375 x 5.125 inches; 189 x 131 mm.). viii, [2, "List of Illustrations"], 310 pages plus [8], 8 pages of publisher's advertisements. Frontispiece (with tissue guard) and seven plates.

    Original green woven-patterned cloth decoratively stamped and lettered in gilt on front cover and spine. Minimal rubbing to extremities, spine slightly darkened, gilt on spine dulled, small ding to upper edge of front board. Tiny tear to outer margin of pages 63/64, tiny tear and crease to lower edge of pages 261/262, tiny rust spot in the lower blank margin of pages 274 and 275. An excellent copy, with the gilt on the front cover still bright. Housed in a green cloth chemise and quarter dark green morocco slipcase lettered in gilt on spine (chemise liner stamp-signed: "Bound by J. Desmonts / J. Mac Donald Co. / Norwalk Conn.").

    "This resolutely cheerful story of an appealing orphan who invents the 'glad game' when she is sent to live with a stern aunt sold over a million copies. Apartment houses, a brand of milk, a game, and innumerable babies were named for 'The Glad Girl.' Pollyanna was dramatized in 1916 by Catherine Chisholm Cushing, later made into a movie for Mary Pickford. Pollyanna Grows Up (1915), the only sequel by Porter, was followed by a series of Pollyanna books by Harriet Lummis Smith, Elizabeth Borton, and Virginia May Moffitt. 'Pollyanna' became a part of the language, defined in Webster's New World Dictionary as 'an excessively or persistently optimistic person'" (HarperCollins Reader's Encyclopedia of American Literature).

    Pierpont Morgan Library, Children's Literature, 257. Peter Parley to Penrod, p. 131.


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