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The title of this book, Raggedy Ann's Fairy Stories, is a bit confusing because it's not about Raggedy Ann. Rather, it is a collection of Johnny Gruelle illustrations and stories about children and fairies. This book was published by Donohue Press, but shows the Volland Press 1928 copyright, although Volland never published a book by this name. My assumption is that once Volland went out of business in the early 1930's, Donohue bought up most of Gruelle's titles and took various stories and collected them under this title, which was to capitalize upon the immense popularity of the Raggedy Ann books. I would estimate that this book was published in the early part of the 1930's.

All of that is rather confusing, but what isn't confusing is that this is a gorgeously illustrated book of charming stories about animals, fairies and magical kingdoms, including titles like Jimmy Crow and the Owls, The Ugly Caterpillar, The Quarrel of the Winds, and The Rubbery Dubbery Smile. The illustrations are classic Gruelle, which is to say that they are beautiful, colorful and alternate from fantastical and cartoonish and beautiful and realistic .

This book is profusely illustrated, in superb condition, and would be an amazing gift for a Gruelle fan, a fairy fan, or the lover of beautiful, vintage illustration!


This 9 x 6 inch book is in very clean and sound condition. The hardboard exterior shows rubbed tips and a bit of rubbing along the edges. The exterior pastedown illustration is very bright and clean. The interior is very clean, tight, untorn and unmarked. The only matter of note is some very slight age-related tanning around the edges of some pages.

Johnny Gruelle - Raggedy Ann's Fairy Stories - Donohue Press 1930s publication - Illustrated - Nice condition


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