This Is My Wish for You

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This is a book created to be given. At its center is a poem by Charles Snell which was written for, and published in, 1914 as a small gift book. In it the giver, in a series of concrete images, extends the recipient many good wishes.

This Is My Wish for You is in the tradition of ancient blessings, in which one tries, through the power of language, to throw a mantle of protection and beneficence over the receiver.

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Overview

This is a book created to be given. At its center is a poem by Charles Snell which was written for, and published in, 1914 as a small gift book. In it the giver, in a series of concrete images, extends the recipient many good wishes.

This Is My Wish for You is in the tradition of ancient blessings, in which one tries, through the power of language, to throw a mantle of protection and beneficence over the receiver.

In our volume, the text is presented within borders made by Daniel Maclise for a book entitled Moore's Irish Melodies, published in 1846. We have selected images to accompany each wish. These are made by a great variety of painters and illustrators, and range over more than 150 years.

We assert, without exaggeration, that this is the nearly perfect gift book.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780962113147
  • Publisher: Laughing Elephant
  • Publication date: 6/28/2003
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Edition number: 9
  • Pages: 48
  • Product dimensions: 8.04 (w) x 11.24 (h) x 0.61 (d)

Meet the Author

WELLERAN POLTARNEES has a lifelong love of gardens. His first memory is falling out of his baby carriage and landing on a bed of odorous white flowers which not only kept him from injury, but made the experience a sensual delight. He collects books about, and pictures of, gardens — but there are few timeless things that he does not so honor. He uses a book called Great Gardens of the World as a guide whenever he travels, and, with the exception of the Boboli Gardens in Florence, which came highly recommended and which he found monotonous — the gardens have always refreshed him. His favorite time for gardens is night. His favorite garden music is Manuel De Falla's "Nights in the Gardens of Spain", and his favorite garden poem is "The Garden" by Andrew Marvell.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 28, 2013

    Wonderful!

    I gave it to a friend who just retired as a principal. She loved it.

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