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An early Volland title that is also very rare, Let's Pretend was written by William Mac Harg and illlustrated by Bonnibel Butler.

This book is subtitled "Some Adventures of the Golden Age of Nursery Land," it contains full-page depictions of small children reinacting a portion of fairy tales and pretending to be famous historical figures. On the opposing page is a little rhyme that explains the illustration.

What really cracks me up is that this book at times inadvertently borders on the surreal, because it includes little kids pretending to be less-than-cheery historical figures like General Custer, Robert the Bruce, Joan of Arc and Robespierre. For example, the Robespierre illustration depicts a little boy heading toward some dolls with an ax in his hand and a fake guillotine set up nearby.

The illustrations by Bonnibel Butler are rather Victorian in nature and show a nice sense of color. However, I wouldn't call her a superb illustrator, because while she hits the mark in many illustrations, sometimes her sense of perspective was weirdly off the mark. (And I don't know who illustrated the cover, but I'm pretty sure it wasn't Bonnibel.) However, her occasionally weird illustrations fit with the occasionally weird subjects, and it only adds to the fun.

This book is hard to find, especially in such superb condition.


The hardboard cover shows a bit of rubbing and wear at the tips and the top and bottom edges. The beautiful cover illustration is bright and vivid. The back cover, with a smaller illustration, shows some rubbing and soiling.

The interior has a gift inscription dating 1915 on one of the early blank pages. The binding is in excellent condition. Some pages have small spots and smudges, but they are infrequent. The inside of this book is in very good plus condition.

A stated second printing, this book is unpaginated but around 80 or 90 pages long.

Let's Pretend - Volland Books - 1914 - Extremely rare - Superb conditon - SALE


  • Vintage item from the 1910s
  • Material: hardboard book
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