Item #17639 Let’s Play Circus! Another Peek-a-Boo Book. Carrie Dudley.
Let’s Play Circus! Another Peek-a-Boo Book.
Let’s Play Circus! Another Peek-a-Boo Book.
Let’s Play Circus! Another Peek-a-Boo Book.
Let’s Play Circus! Another Peek-a-Boo Book.
Let’s Play Circus! Another Peek-a-Boo Book.

Let’s Play Circus! Another Peek-a-Boo Book.

Minneapolis: A Gordon Volland Production presented by the Buzza Co., Craftacres, 1928. First edition of this movable toy book. This is a follow-up to an earlier movable toy book illustrated by Dudley, My Peek-a-Boo Show Book, which was very popular. Both feature the vivid color printing of Gordon Volland, son of the publisher Paul Frederick Volland (1875 – 1919). With eight heavy card leaves, printed in color with circus scenes, each with die-cut windows that give a view of the underlying leaves. The remaining seven leaves are a thinner paper stock, also color-printed, offering backgrounds that can be viewed through the die-cut windows. The thick leaves are hinged at the left and the thin leaves at the right (similar to a dos-a-dos format), so they can be interleaved to create circus scenes. Playful verse printed in red. Some wear to corners. Blue cloth spine. One leaf with minor old tape repair. Still a bright, near fine copy of an uncommon book. Publisher’s die-cut pictorial boards printed in color. The cut-away parts of the boards reveal a “wild man” circus attraction in a wooden cage (the “wild man” appears to be a white child in blackface with the caption “wild kanibull from feegee ilez”). The circus attractions include “Animulez Freeks & Everything”: a “mermade” and “beerded lady,” a fierce ensemble of animals (goat, horse, parrot, and friendly dog), and the “wild kanibull from feegee ilez.” The children playing circus appear in all the roles, including as at the ringmaster, the snake charmer, the wild man, the mermaid, and the clowns. 12 x 9 in. [15] ff. Item #17639

Carrie Douglas Dudley Ewen (1894 – 1982) was a Kentucky-born illustrator educated at the Art Institute of Chicago. She was a prolific artist whose work appeared in children’s books, cookbooks, in advertisements and magazines, and on holiday cards. Her most popular books were these peek-a-boo books, though her work also appeared in Betty Baxter’s Supposin’ (1931), May Justus’ At Foot of Windy Low (1930), and others.

OCLC records seven copies: NYPL, UCLA, Chicago PL, Princeton, University of Michigan, University of Southern Mississippi, and the Filson Historical Society (Kentucky). “Carrie Douglas Dudley Ewen: Ohio Valley Artist” and “Carrie Douglas Dudley Ewen Paper Doll Collection” (webpages). Filson Historical Society website.

Price: $450.00

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