Lexington, Kentucky: Privately printed, 1969. Limited ed. Folio-size (9 ½” x 12”); red cloth boards with hand-colored paper label to front board, 31 leaves hand-lettered and hand-colored on variegated stock (rectos only). Some light soiling to cloth, presumably issued without dust jacket. A VG+ copy. We find four copies in WorldCat - all in Kentucky.
A bucolic tale of two children who enter a garden teeming with plant, animal and insect life. The simple watercolor illustrations were inspired by Harriett McDonald’s observances in the garden at Ashland, the historic home of Kentucky Senator, Henry Clay (1777-1852). The author, Louisiana Wood Simpson, was the great-great granddaughter of Clay, and self-published books on Lucretia Hart (Mrs. Henry Clay) and Josephine Russell, Clay’s daughter-in-law. She also published two books illustrated by McDonald on Gypsy, a cat who lived at Ashland for 14 years. Item #06120