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Q&A on collecting: Wildflower stories feature flower children

Q&A on collecting: Anne McCollam answers readers' questions about the value of their antiques.
Published: February 24, 2014

Q&A on collecting

Book features flower children

Q: I collect children's books and purchased this book so long ago that I don't remember where I bought it or what I paid for it. The title is “Wild Flower Stories — Book 1,” and it was written by Josie O. Gauthier. It was published by Cupples & Leon Company in New York City. The copyright date is 1918. The chapters are “Arbutus,” “Quaker Ladies,” “Violet,” “Jack-in-the-Pulpit,” “Daisy” and “Buttercup,” and each chapter explains the folklore of each wildflower. There are 30 pages. The illustrations are by the author, and there are 6 color plates. The book is a first edition, a hardcover, and measures approximately 5 inches by 7 inches. Inscribed on the inside are the words: “Flower Stories For The Little Flower Girl.” It is in excellent condition. I hope you can tell me its current value.

A: Josie O. Gauthier, author and illustrator, wrote your book. She wrote a series of four books about flowers for children in 1918. Cupples & Leon Co. published children's books and first-year books for new mothers to record their babies' growth and events. The color plates reflect the Arts and Crafts movement in style and design. The original 1918 price was 75 cents.

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