My mother-in-law found this book about three years ago at a flea market. Florida or New Jersey? I'm not sure anymore. She has good instincts about what I like, and this was no exception.
The surprise when I opened the book:
An early work of illustration by Fern Bisel Peat! Of course, Peat was not a contemporary of Nathaniel Hawthorne; this is a reprint of his work from 1851, in which he re-imagined Greek myths for children. The Saalfield Publishing Company reissued his work with Peat's lovely illustrations in 1929.
"Children possess an unestimated sensibility to whatever is deep or high, in imagination or feeling, so long as it is simple, likewise. It is only the artificial and the complex that bewilder them." -- Nathaniel Hawthorne, Lenox, July 15, 1851.
from The Miraculous Pitcher
from The Three Golden Apples
from The Golden Touch
from The Gorgon's Head
from The Paradise of Children