1908. New York: Harper, 1908-10-12.
3 vols., various paginations and illustrations, fine copies in the original cloth-backed pictorial boards, all enclosed in a handsome custom quarter morocco and silk folding box.
§ First edition, fine copies of these pioneer books in which the novel physical structure of the book (a hole through all the pages, a trapezoid shape) is an integral element of the story. Newell was enormously popular in his day as an illustrator for all manner of books and periodicals. “Art historian Edgar Richardson described Newell’s work as a forerunner of ‘the gentle history of the absurd’ later so successfully cultivated by the New Yorker magazine.” Grolier Children’s 100: 59 (The Hole Book). Item #102809