Quoted work by Washington Irving, Elizabeth Browning, George Elliot, Ralph Waldo Emerson, Benjamin Franklin, Goethe, Nathaniel Hawthorne, Helen Hunt, The Koran, Abraham Lincoln, Longfellow, Plato, John Ruskin, Seneca, Thackeray & many more authors. This copy is the true first edition, first printing. This particular book was printed several times throughout the early 1900's.
After the first edition, first printing, the book was printed under a different publisher with an altered title and binding. Printings after the first/first were published by Thomas Y. Crowell & Co, "For Boys and Girls" was dropped from the title and the binding was changed to green cloth boards with gilt lettering on the cover and spine.First edition, first printing points. Bird binding - Green cloth binding with illustration of blue jays flying in a meadow with authors name printed below. For Boys and Girls printed under Beautiful Thoughts on title page. No publisher ads at the beginning of the book. Pages 398/399 in "index of authors" unopened. Green cloth boards with beautiful deckled page edges.
Illustration on cover is clear and bright. Spine is soiled with white title rubbed away/faded. Top & bottom of spine starting to chip. Small tear on top of spine.
Sicker on front paste down with Christmas inscription to previous owner. All interior pages are clean and nicely bound. There are no torn, bent or missing pages. Other than gift inscription there is no addition writing on any of the pages.
This is a nice copy of a rather scarce book, perfect for compilation/quote/birthday book collectors. This item is in the category "Books & Magazines\Antiquarian & Collectible". The seller is "antiquebookcase" and is located in this country: US. This item can be shipped to United States.