First edition of this cheerfully illustrated Volland book of fairy stories by Johnny Gruelle, the author of RAGGEDY ANN.
Overall very good.
"The two little gnomes lay upon their backs upon the sand and yawned contentedly, their little round stomachs almost bursting their belts."
Johnny Gruelle was a multifaceted illustrator, publishing political cartoons and newspaper comics in addition to his children's stories. The cartoony designs of some of his characters foreshadow Disney's animation aesthetic. FRIENDLY FAIRIES is a Volland Happy Children Book containing 15 fairy stories including the Fairy Ring, The Three Little Gnomes, Mr. & Mrs. Thumbkins and others. This is a nice copy of an uncommon Gruelle title.
New York, Chicago, Toronto: P. F. Volland Company, (1919). 9.25'' x 6''; 9.5'' x 6.5'' (box). Original color pictorial boards. Original color pictorial box. Color pictorial endpapers of a fairy gathering. Illustrated in color throughout.  pages. Ink gift inscription to half title; ink owner's name to inner box lid dated 1920. Box repaired. Spine ends lightly bumped, some wear to joints, almost invisibly repaired; occasional light soil to text. Illustrations beautiful.
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