Boston: Small, Maynard & Company, 1899. Oliver HERFORD. First Edition. Boards. [ALPHABETERIAN] [RHYMING VERSE]. The Heintzemann Press, Boston.
First edition. 8vo; pp; grey paper over board printed in red and black; grey cloth shelf-back; black and red alphabetic pictorial endpapers; booksellers ticket to ffep “W.B. Clarke Co., Boston;” relief printed illustrations and page borders in black and red; decorative title-page; light scuffing to corners and boards; very good plus. Very good +. Item #1268
Author and illustrator Oliver Hereford was known for cartoon style caricatures and his sharp wit and observations. Born in England, he immigrated with his family to the Chicago area as a teen but spent much of his working life in New York City. Wonderful bold relief illustrations inked in red and black in the Arts and Crafts style popular during this time. The alphabet presents celebrities from many eras and fields of study, knitting them together in nonsense verse. Included are explorers, politicians and warriors, writers and poets, scientists, mythological characters, philosophers, inventors, Biblical persons, artists, musicians, and other cultural icons. The letter T: “T is for Talleyrand toasting Miss Truth / By the side of her well, in a glass of vermouth / And presenting Mark Twain as the friend of his youth.” Most surprising is the letter Y's reference to Brigham Young, the American religious leader of the Mormons and the first governor of Utah Territory.