TONY SARG'S ALPHABET, verses by Anne Stoddard - 1926 [1st Ed.]


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Tony Sarg's Alphabet

verses by Anne Stoddard

illustrated by Tony Sarg 

First edition.  New York:  Greenberg Inc., 1926 

Hardback is overall in VERY GOOD- condition.

  • Illustrated covers feature black ground with alphabet letters and figures in full color, with title "label." 
  • Boards show wear, aging, chips, scuffing, heavy edgewear.  Corners are worn and frayed, with exposed board.  Repairs have been made to spine and shoulder, top corner.  See photos.  
  • Spine has been repaired, is covered with black paper; no text.  Ends are firm.  See photos.  
  • Binding is intact; some cracking evident at covers, title page; some repairs have been made.  See photos.  
  • Color illustrated end papers/ pastedowns are bright.  Repair to front fep; a bookseller mark at rear fep.  See photos. 
  • Ex libris book features an owner's names on "This Book Belongs To" page.  See photos.
  • Illustrations, color lithographs, are bright and clear.  
  • Interior is age-toned throughout, exhibits some stains at page corners, a closed tear at head of letter "T" page, a small closed tear in margin of letter "Q" page.  See photos. 
  • Inside pages are free of writing and intentional marks.
  • PS2023.1108

Unpaginated. 6.75 x 9 inches

An alphabet book illustrated by Tony Sarg (1880-1942), illustrator and puppeteer.  Each letter of the alphabet, and its accompanying emblematic imagery, is playfully illustrated in blue, magenta, yellow, and black.  Most of the letters, in both image and verse, refer to a children's literary tale or rhyme; for example, G is for Gulliver's Travels, Q is for the Queen of Hearts, and Y is for Yankee Doodle.  Others cite animals, for example, the elephant and the zebra, and C depicts Charlie Chaplin.  The resulting compendium is an insightful, if accidental, view into media popular among children in the 1920s.  The verses which accompany Sarg's playful illustrations are by Anne Stoddard (born 1880).

Two names are written on the "This Book Belongs To" page, the first being Judith Dana Walton, 1926.  She was the daughter of James and Dorothy Dana Walton, from Wisconsin, and the sister of Marcia Dana Walton (1920-2007).  The girls moved to New York City with their mother after their father's early death; Judith went on to become a medical doctor.   

First edition.  Printed in the USA by Snyder & Black Inc., New York.

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