Sunday, February 11, 2018

Antique Books by Frances Hodgson Burnett -- A Prized Set

This article has been a long time coming! Waaaay back in May 2016, I told you about an antique copy of Little Lord Fauntleroy that I found on my city library's book sale shelf. I did go back and get it that pay day, but haven't posted here yet because I had found something even more exciting!

Within the same week of finding this gorgeous copy of L.L.F., I saw that Michael Popek, author and bookseller, had a matching copy of a book I'd never heard of!

One of Hodgson Burnett's most famous stories is that of A Little Princess, published in 1905. It featured Sara Crewe, the delightful daughter of a British Captain stationed in India. However, I was not aware that the novel had begun as the short story, Sara Crewe: or, What Happened at Miss Minchin's, published 17 years earlier in 1888. This very copy was featured on Popek's site, Forgotten Bookmarks, before I snatched it up! It's called Sara Crewe, Little Saint Elizabeth, and Other Stories, published in 1898. 

I love the cover design on these. Little Lord Fauntleroy features a crown motif around the title, while Sara Crewe is decorated with Indian elephants. I'm so excited to read these lovely copies. I'll let you know what I think when I'm through!


  1. What an exciting find! I'm so happy for you!
    Hope you enjoy your trip.

  2. That's so exciting!!! I know you were thrilled.

    My favorite book by Ms Burnett is The Secret Garden. I read it several times growing up. On a trip to a favorite book store, I found a hardback copy with beautiful illustrations by Tasha Tudor (my favorite artist). It even had a ribbon bookmarker! JOY! All of this for only $6.00

    Our local theater company recently did a production of The Secret Garden and I was so excited to attend. My daughter got tickets and we attended together with my eight-year-old grandson. Imagine my shock when I saw ghosts and evil spirits in the play. Not only that, but there was a long and very loud scene where the characters and ghosts danced around the crippled boy - casting a spell to heal him. I was horrified!!! I certainly don't remember any such thing in the book, and am going to re-read it to make sure.