Wraps. Very Good. Wonderful, wicked children's story with fun, idiosyncratic and eccentric illustrations about a funny man's moustache, mermaids, and details that can not be properly related without presenting the entirety of the narrative, told largely, but not entirely, in verse. N.d., circa 1900. Oblong, 18.5 by 28 cm. 16 pp., plus wrap covers. Including cover, back and rear, nine (or ten, if one counts the inside of the front cover which has printed cut-outs pasted, whereas elsewhere the artwork is done directly onto mounted paper or is original but cut-out and pasted, as on the outside of the cover). In our view, the story and illustrations were done by an adult for the benefit of a child or grandchild -- a first page dedication suggests so much. And the illustrations are intentionally done in a somewhat naive and slapdash manner, to suggest the handiwork of a child. The illustrations unfailingly please, and they evoke the artwork of Lear, Tenniel, and countless other Victorian artist humorists.
(Inventory #: 005148)
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