John Dough and the Cherub by L. Frank Baum and illustrated by John R. Neill is for sale. This is the John Dough and the Cherub first edition with the original competition still bound-
John Dough and the Cherub is not a Wizard of Oz book, but this L. Frank Baum rare true first edition was published in 1906 by Reilly and Britton in Chicago, U.S.A.
The front board bears a large image in colour of John Dough carrying a cane and waving accompanied by the cherub who is also waving. The back board features a black and white image of the cherub pulling John Dough off a seat that reads: “The Great John Dough Mystery”. The binding is in Very Good condition being complete with the front board being slightly weak but still firmly attached; wear to the top and bottom of the illustrated spine; slight rubbing to the spine; and corner wear. These are an extremely attractive binding from this vintage children’s illustrated book.
There is a double page colour illustration to the front endpapers and rear endpapers which are in stunning condition. There is an inscription in a calligraphic hand to the top margin of the front free endpaper which is dated Christmas 1906; and a small retailer’s label to the bottom of the front pastedown
There are 314 numbered pages with 4 pages of advertisements to the end of the book with a contest printed on yellow paper with a perforation to the left edge which reads at the top:
“Read This Before You Read the Book
The Great John Dough Mystery
Is the Cherub Girl or Boy?”
There was a $500.00 prize for the best answer – a huge prize in 1906 by today’s standards.
There are 34 full page colour illustrations by John R. Neill which is in addition to the numerous smaller colour illustrations to the beginning of chapters, and the huge number of black and white illustrations in the text. This is an absolutely stunning vintage children’s illustrated book
The pages are in overall Very Good condition with slight age toning to the margins
This example of John Dough and the Cherub is a very desirable and collectable L Frank Baum children’s illustrated book
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