Kirk, Maria Louise. Hard Cover. New York: Frederick A. Stokes, 1911. First American Edition. Near Fine.
First edition, first printing, illustrated issue (issued simultaneously with the non-illustrated copies). Publisher's green cloth with pictorial only to front board, lettered in gilt to spine, color frontispiece and three inserted color plates by Maria Louise Kirk. A near fine copy with some light rubbing to extremities and a few abrasions to pictorial onlay, pages faintly toned. Overall, a beautiful copy of this classic piece of children's literature, seldom found in this condition. BAL 2115 The Secret Garden is a children's novel that tells the story of the incessantly disagreeable Mary Lennox, a young girl sent to live with her uncle in Yorkshire after her neglectful parents are killed in a cholera outbreak. Spoiled and isolated in her new home, she keeps herself busy by wandering the grounds of the estate. With the help of the gardener, the maid, and a robin, she finds a key that leads her into a secret, walled garden that begins to teach her the value of caring for something, and for herself. A story lauded for its heartfelt, positive message, The Secret Garden is widely considered one of the best children's books of the 20th century, and has been adapted into numerous versions for stage and film.