BEARD, ALICE. NOVELTY. THE MAGIC STRING BOOK being the thrilling adventures of the Stringum family with the string on which the thrills are strung by Alice Beard. NY: Frederick Stokes (1916). 4to (10 x 10"), cloth backed pictorial boards, slight edge rubbing else near fine IN ORIGINAL PUBLISHER'S PICTORIAL BOX! (flap restored, some soil, VG.). A clever novelty book, this has an actual hole through the covers and through each page of the book through which a piece of cord has been strung which connects the adventures of a small boy and others as they follow a magic ball of string. As the pages are turned, the string appears in a strategic portion of the color illustration, incorporating itself into the picture; it becomes a telephone wire, a lasso, snake, a fire hose etc. (similar in concept to the holes in Newell's Hole Book). Each page of text is followed by a wonderful double-page color illustration by the author. Rare in this condition with the box, usually found with pages torn where the string has pulled through. (Inventory #: 27090)
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