Pansy Eyes, A Maid of Japan. Besse Toulouse Sprague, Bess Devine Jewell, illustrator.
Pansy Eyes, A Maid of Japan
Pansy Eyes, A Maid of Japan
Pansy Eyes, A Maid of Japan
Pansy Eyes, A Maid of Japan

Pansy Eyes, A Maid of Japan

Chicago: The Reilly & Lee Co. (1922). Slim quarto, black cloth spine, color-printed pictorial boards, pictorial “bookplate" printed on verso of upper board. Two color-printed linen pages designed to be cut and sewn into a Japanese doll. Pictorial title page; text and black-and-white illustrations set within two-color Japanese borders. Spine ends lightly frayed, light rubbing to boards, faint tidemark to base of linen pages.

First edition of the first title in Besse Toulouse Sprague's Travel-Tot Tales, a proposed series of storybooks featuring dolls from around the world; the second and final volume, Gretchen of Holland, would appear the following year. A young American girl, bedridden after a roller skating accident, finds comfort in an imaginary Japanese friend named Pansy Eyes, who tells her about the Festival of the Dolls, and recounts a local version of the Rip Van Winkle story, in which a villager named Toru-San awakens from a deep sleep: “Where once a tiny Japanese village nestled among the hills, there was now a great busy city lifting its spires to the blue sky." The book includes a vibrantly-colored linen template for sewing a Pansy Eyes doll at home. A bright, near-fine copy, with the doll pattern uncut.

Price: $200.00