P F Volland Co, 1929. First edition. 4to. Original cloth-backed pictorial boards. Minor wear to the extremities, early owner's ink inscription on front free endpaper, else a very good copy. Item #52779
FIRST EDITION of Justin C. Gruelle's Mother Goose. "...The figures are not manikins; they speak; they body emotion; they move; they show forth that intangible but very real quality which the artist dismisses with the single word 'character'... We predict for Mr. Gruelle great things in the future, for he seems to be of that gracious company who keep the love of childhood in their heart" (contemporary review). Justin Gruelle never achieved the fame of his older brother, Raggedy Ann and Andy creator Johnny Gruelle, but his Mother Goose remains a charming artifact from the Depression-era United States.