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Children with book and doll
Title : Children with book and doll Children with book and doll
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Creator : O'Keeffe, Adelaide, 1776-1855?
Source : Original poems calculated to improve the mind of youth and allure it to virtue.
Place Of Creation : London
Publisher : Printed for J. Harris successor to E. Newberry ...
Date of creation : 1808.
Format : Book
Contributor : State Library of South Australia
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Donated by : Mrs Rosa Moore
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This charming illustration is the frontispiece to Adelaide O'Keeffe's book of poetry. The poems are all about children's playthings such as tops, kites, pets and books. In the poem about the book the child reader is admonished to 'be kind' and 'not turn my pages down! not tear my tender leaves,...' (p. 4) Despite this, this copy shows the signs of constant use, with some pages stained and others lost.

The illustrations are delightful with the admiring young girl clutching a doll or a skipping rope while she watches her brother play with his tops or a kite.

The book was issued in two parts and could be purchased 'plain or coloured'. This copy is uncoloured.

O'Keeffe first had her poetry published in 1804 in Original poems for infant minds 'by Several Young persons', which is better known for containing the work of Ann and Jane Taylor. Harvey Darton claims this compilation was responsible for awaking 'the nurseries of England' to the value of poetry for children.(p. 181) O'Keeffe published a number of books of poetry for children and several novels.

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