1916 THE HOUSE OF DELIGHT by: Gertrude Chandler Warner
First edition / First printing - published by: The Pilgrim's Press
Pictorial paste down, blue hard cover with the original dust jacket.
This book is for the serious collector of the vintage original books by, Gertrude Chandler Warner, of whom authored The Boxcar Children Series! It is one of the RAREST books ever written by her. This book was the VERY FIRST book that Gertrude Warner ever PUBLISHED!!
Only 1,000 copies were ever printed of this title!!!
NO other copyrights or printings exist!! Meaning this book was NEVER reprinted!! It is OUT-OF-PRINT, and EXCEPTIONALLY SCARCE!!
Gertrude dedicated this book to her Grandfather, John A. Carpenter, of whom was her "best' playmate! When Gertrude was a little girl she used to write books for her grandfather and dedicate each one of them to him. Warner would give him one of those books every Christmas for a gift. However, those books were never published. Whereas this book was the VERY FIRST book she actually had published!!! Gertrude's Grandfather Carpenter was one of the most influential persons in her life of whom contributed to her childhood dreams of writing... thus she dedicated this first book to her grandfather, just as she had always dedicated all of the books that she wrote as a child to him as well.
EVEN MORE INTERESTING, IS THAT....
This book is really about Gertrude when she was a little girl. It has actual photos of her Doll House that she used to play with & her real dolls. The actual doll house furnishings, as well as the colored doll, were all handmade by Gertrude and her brother, John. They both had creative ideas and turned them into tangible items to create a truly unique furnished doll house. Gertrude did use a couple of her small original China Bisque Kewpie Dolls, to play the characters of: Mr. and Mrs. Delight. There are other characters such as: "Dumpling Delight", (the China Dog), Mrs. Delight's sister and her husband, plus there is "Dinah", (the colored black mammy cook) - of which is a handmade rag doll that Gertrude and her brother made themselves as kids.
Gertrude's real-life cousin, Bertha Child, is the little girl that you see posing for the pictures along with the doll house and it's characters. In this book, Bertha is actually portraying Gertrude, (as a girl named Betsy) and living out Gertrude's playtime adventures of the way that she would play with her dollhouse, as a child.
Cousin Bertha plays the character named, "Betsy" of whom, runs the "House of Delight" doll house and it's characters. Betsy also takes on the roles of: Madame Bettina (the French dress- maker), Mr. Betts (the carpenter) and Dr. Betson (the family physician).
A funny little story about Gertrude and her doll house, is about the time when she tried to make a tiny pair of pretend scissors. She actually put a couple pins on a local railroad track, in hopes that the trains would actually connect the pins together. Thus, making them into a tiny pair of pretend scissors. However, that idea failed since the trains were so heavy that there was basically
nothing left to the pins. Gertrude did not give up on her attempt to make those scissors. She then tried a trolley track with the same idea in mind. It actually worked, so her dollhouse finally got a pair of homemade pretend scissors!
Reading this book is like taking a trip back in time, as if you were a friend of Gertrude's, at her house playing with her and her doll house! Gertrude's brother, John took the pictures of the doll house and its characters that were used for the photos in this book. It is truly a wonderful and captivating book that really takes you into Gertrude's mind and imagination, from when she was a little girl. Any collector of the Gertrude C. Warner books, would absolutely love it!
I have been researching and studying, Gertrude Chandler Warner, as well as, "The Boxcar Children" books for countless hours, days, and years! This is how I am able to provide you with such interesting information, as well as offer for sale, her rare and original vintage books!
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