For the Wee Folk
London: Thomas Nelson and Sons, Ltd., No date [c. 1930]. Boards. [WOMEN ILLUSTRATORS] [RACIAL CARICATURE]. Small 4to; pp, page numbering does not correspond with pages; glazed color pictorial boards, glazed tan shelf back, Thomas Nelson and Son’s Ltd. Imprint on rear board; color halftone plates as pastedowns plus 5 additional glazed color plates, one a double; scratches to boards, bumping of corners and wear of edges, 2” split at head of front hinge but holding tight, binding tight and interior bright; very good plus. Scarce. OCLC locates only one copy at the British Library Reference Collection. Very good +. Item #1680
A collection of stories, poems, Mother Goose rhymes, and illustrations from various other publications. The rear board advertises publisher “Thomas Nelson and Sons, Ltd. London, Edinburgh, New York, Toronto, and Paris.” At least five British woman illustrators are featured: Mabel Udvardy signed the cover art; Beatrice M. Gower; Marjorie Slade, a popular British comic artist; Mabel E. Sims; and [Inez] Topham.
The first story, “Saucy Fred”, features a Gollywog, a Black caricature rag doll invented by Florence Kate Upton in England in the late 19th century and popular in print and as a doll through the mid-20th century, and an Asian caricature doll named “Miss Jap.”.