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Tommy and the Wishing Stone by Thornton W. Burgess. First printing

Tommy and the Wishing Stone by Thornton W. Burgess. The Century Co. 1915. "Published, September, 1915" stated with no statement of later printings. 5" x 7" Hard cover with no dust jacket. 290 pages. Approximitely 40 full page black and white illustrations. Cover edge wear, a bit heavy at the top corners of the spine. Decoration on the spine is somewhat faded. Light soiling to the cover, probably from handling. Previous owner bookplate on the first blank page. Paper opposite the book plate and most if not all of the full page illustrations show what appear to be a foxing or tanning, apparently a chemical reaction to the paper. These do not effect the flexibilty of the paper. Otherwise, no previous owner markings. No tears, folds or creases to pages. Binding is tight with no looseness to pages. Not ex-library, not remaindered and not a facsimile reprint. For sale by Jon Wobber, bookseller since 1978. DH11a

"Thornton Waldo Burgess (January 17, 1874 – June 5, 1965) was an American conservationist and author of children's stories. Burgess loved the beauty of nature and its living creatures so much that he wrote about them for 50 years in books and his newspaper column, Bedtime Stories. He was sometimes known as the Bedtime Story-Man. By the time he retired, he had written more than 170 books and 15,000 stories for the daily newspaper column.

Burgess used his outdoor observations of nature as plots for his stories. In Burgess' first book, Old Mother West Wind (1910), the reader meets many of the characters found in later books and stories. The characters in the Old Mother West Wind series include Peter Rabbit (known briefly as Peter Cottontail), Jimmy Skunk, Sammy Jay, Bobby Raccoon, Little Joe Otter, Grandfather Frog, Billy Mink, Jerry Muskrat, Spotty the Turtle, Old Mother West Wind, and her Merry Little Breezes." - Wikipedia