Thursday, September 09, 2010
The year was 1956...
My bedroom had two lovely bookcases on either side of the window seat.
The window was often open in good weather and I remember how much I loved to watch the curtains blow in the breeze, as I snuggled in my bed across the room.
I was eight and even then my bookcases were filled with books. I used to love to sit on the window seat and read.
The day in 1956 when my father came into my bedroom with a book he wanted me to have, I can still remember it like it was yesterday. The name of the book was The Secret Garden.
It started a lifelong love affair with the book.
Although I struggled a bit at that age with some of the words, I cherished learning all about Mary Lennox and her adventures with Dickon in the Secret Garden.
That book made such an impression on me, and well, I cherished it throughout my lifetime.
I collected different versions, went to the play when it was on Broadway,
watched every version of the movies that were made, and began to fall in love with everything about the author.
My shelves are filled with all things about the author Frances Burnett, and I own several versions of The Secret Garden and other books written by her.
I certainly do not need another volume of The Secret Garden on the shelves of my library.
Yet, I know that there might be somone who needs thet same joy that I experienced in 1956, when I first met Mary Lennox.
This is the new thrill that I feel, knowing I will pass the joy along. Especially, when I find a treasure like the wonderful volume, which I have placed in my etsy shop today.
When I found this copy, I just knew it was special. The size for instance, is not your typical size. The Secret Garden illustrated by Tasha Tudor, measures 6 1/2 x 8 1/2 and holds 256 pages.
The illustrations are lovely, Tasha Tudor really created heavenly color plates and black and white ones throughout this volume published in 1962. The book was published by J. B. Lippincott Company. The book is in lovely condition, lovingly worn on the front cover. The pages are perfect.
Once upon a time my father gave me my first copy of The Secret Garden, and then I gave one to each of my daughters when they were about the same age. The name of the song for this post is Somewhere in Time.
I placed this beautiful keepsake, a secret garden charm bookmark which I made, and a custom bookplate to go inside, in my etsy shop For The Love of Old Books.