Ruth Thompson Non Oz Books
February 28, 2002
A terrific little "Fairy Book" put out by Royal Baking Company, and written anonymously by Ruth Plumly Thompson. Beautiful full-color illustrations on every page by Gertrude Kay. Also verse and recipes. According to Pacific Book Auction, Little Gingerbread Man came out in 1923, Billy in Bunbury in 1925, The Comical Cruises of Captain Cooky in 1926, and The Prince of the Gelatin Isles in 1926. They are relatively rare, as they were Royal Baking "giveaways" and fragile, so not many survived. Thankfully, Comical Cruises can still be found and is a nice addition to that Oz collector who has almost everything. 24 pages. The book has many stereotypical images of the time of warlike Africans, although the captain makes friends with them by feeding them cake!
This copy in complete and decent condition, but has some flaws. There is a diagonal chip missing off the cover corner, and the rear cover has a couple chips along the spine and at the corner as shown. The inside pages are still stapled together, but the cover has separated from the staples. Interior is beautiful and mostly quite clean--illustrations are bright and in excellent shape. Price:$50. Contact

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