(1899) · New York
A profusely illustrated children's book from a prominent figure in the San Francisco Bay Area literary renaissance of the 1890s. Gelett Burgess was an artist, writer, and humorist best known for his nonsense verse, particularly "The Purple Cow," and for coining the now much-used term "blurb."
The present copy includes => seven full-page illustrations by Gelett (including a frontispiece) colored by Harvey Ellis, as well as many black and white, full-page and partial-page illustrations all by Burgess. => The illustrations clearly demonstrate Burgess' fascination with "nonsense" in art and writing.
Provenance: Neat ownership signature of Wally van Winkle Jr. to half-title page. Purple cloth with black-stamped titles and cover image of "Ligg"; spine faded, edges and corners bumped with small tear to cloth of rear board and spots of discoloration to same. Title-page torn and crumpled; text generally age-toned with creasing across corners and some spotting; pp. 47–48 and color plate opposite p. 104 lacking and several other leaves loose or separated including another plate. (Inventory #: 37485)