THE FALL OF ULYSSES: AN ELEPHANT STORY (SIGNED). Charles Dwight Willard.

THE FALL OF ULYSSES: AN ELEPHANT STORY (SIGNED)

New York: George H. Doran Company, 1912. Frank ver Beck. First Edition. Hardcover. 12mo (8" x 5") Grey boards over green cloth spine. Fabulous graphic on front board depicts a monocled elephant within a decorative crest, dark green with bright gilt. Bright lettering to spine includes a long-trunked elephant also of bright gilt. Reddish brown, decorative endpapers which repeat one the elephant motif from the cover and dustjacket graphic, with the addition of books. Brown paper dustjacket (just a few chips and closed tears) repeats monocled elephant graphic and includes five brief paragraphs within a square red border. Book is warmly inscribed to (and signed by) C.D. Lockwood, M.D. who wrote the well-known text The Principles and Practice of Surgical Nursing (1932).Illustrated by Frank ver Beck, a wood engraver and popular and prolific freelance illustrator who did illustration for L. Frank Baum, several of the Sambo books, and others, and did extensive magazine work as well. In an article in Munsey's magazine, one writer wrote: "Ver Beck might well be designated as the artistic Aesop of the time" Very Good in Good Plus Dustjacket. Item #74966

Willard has been described (and written about) as "Citizen Fix-it", Los Angeles city booster and professional reformer, 1888-1914, and is the author of several historical works about Los Angeles. This work is essentially a modern fable, Pygmalionesque, with certain, ahhhh, consequences. But no spoilers here!

Illustrated by Frank ver Beck, a wood engraver and popular and prolific freelance illustrator who did illustration for L. Frank Baum, several of the Sambo books, and others, and did extensive magazine work as well. In an article in Munsey's magazine, one writer wrote: "Ver Beck might well be designated as the artistic Aesop of the time" The five paragraphs on the dustjacket front panel read: 1) "The Story of a Man and an Elephant; 2) Ulysses was the Elephant and the Man taught him to read, write and do everything but talk; 3) The day came when the Elephant was wiser than the Man and wanted to be Lord; 4) Here is one of those rare situations which appeals equally to children and grown-ups; 5) What resulted and how Ulysses came by his fall, form the remarkable climax of a remarkablyhumourous story, which ranks with the world's great animal legends side byside with Br'er Rabbit and The Jungle Stories."

Price: $125.00

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