Publisher: San Francisco: William Doxey, (1895).
Edition: First edition.
Bibliographical References: Harlan, At the Sign of the Lark, 18; OCLC 2604229 records ten copies.
Condition: Edges of the spine and dust jacket skillfully repaired; a fine copy; rare in the original dust jacket.
Book ID: 27324
Description4to, original pictorial boards, original brown paper pictorial dust jacket with the illustration from the upper board repeated in black.
CommentsA scarce California children's book by an interesting woman journalist, Winifred Sweet Black Bonfils (1869-1939), a prominent reporter for the San Francisco Examiner and Hearst's news syndicate, for which she wrote under the name Winifred Black and the pseudonym Annie Laurie. Bonfils covered wars, natural disasters, famous trials, she edited the "Children's Page" and later she wrote the biography of Phoebe Apperson Hearst. The illustrator "Swin" was James Swinnerton (1875-1974), a cartoonist for the Hearst papers who later became a well known artist of the Southwest. This is the earliest book illustrated by Swinnerton that we could locate.