Venturous Vegetables, at the “Frolic Grounds”.

New York: A. L. Burt Company, 1924.

Squarish octavo (20.5 x 23 cm.), 63 pages. Illustrated with plates, some black line illustrations on green-tinted paper. First edition. Stories and illustrations by T. Benjamin Faucett. One of four books in the Moon Queen Series, all with anthropomorphic plants as characters. The other three titles are: Brainy Berries, Frolicsome Flowers, and Folksy Fruits. Magazine art editor, comic writer and illustrator Thomas Benjamin Faucett was born in Idaville, Tennessee in 1884. He attended the St. Louis School of Fine Arts at Washington University, and was listed as “editor World Color Printing” in the St. Louis Directory of 1909. His work alternated between text and illustration for newspapers and magazine art editing. In 1909, he moved to New York and took a job at the Brooklyn Daily Eagle. An early, and memorable, work while there was, “Kinky Words Found in Your Dictionary” which included abaction, babu, epizoon, fantoccini, genethliac, skilligallee, theriac and zymurgy. Fawcett also wrote for Popular Mechanics and other magazines. Sometime later, he moved back to Tennessee, to Nashville, and it was here that he create the Moon Queen Series, including Venturous Vegetables ( In full green cloth, with color illustrated paste-down. [more condition]. Lacking the dust jacket. Scarce. [OCLC locates two copies (Denver Public, Princeton)].

Price: $250.00

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