Joliet, IL. The P. F. Volland Company, 1924. Hardcover. Octavo [23 cm] 1/4 black cloth with illustrated paper covered boards. Illustrated endsheets. Fair only. The covers are gently rubbed. The underlying boards are exposed along the edges. There is a small split in the cloth at the head of the spine, and there is a half inch split in the cloth at the foot of the spine. The front hinge is weak. The verso of the front free endsheet has a former owner's name and address. There is a previous owner's name on the rear free endsheet. The rear free endsheet also has a small loss from the top edge and a 1 and 1/2 inch long closed tear in the top edge. There is a small abraded patch on the title page, and the edges of the pages are sporadically abraded. Several pages have large losses from the bottom edges. These losses do obscure a small amount of the text. Some pages also have small losses from the edges, and a couple of pages have closed tears that have been covered with tape. The text block is cracked multiple times. Item #27128
Johnny Gruelle is best known for creating Raggedy Ann and Raggedy Andy, the fanciful dolls and storybook characters that led him to national prominence in only a few years' time.