First edition of the first book by a major publisher with the iconic Sunbonnet Babies and their coy hidden faces, quite scarce in this condition.
Bertha Corbett (later Melcher) self-published two small books of her Sunbonnet Babies illustrations before approaching Rand, McNally & Company in the hopes of finding a wider audience. Grover, one of the editor's sisters and a former elementary school teacher, saw the potential in the characters and collaborated with Corbett to produce this book – which turned out to be the beginning of a phenomenon, with the Sunbonnet Babies appearing on everything from quilts to porcelains. A terrific copy.
Read more: Harris, Bertha Corbett Melcher: Mother of the Sunbonnet Babies, in Minnesota History vol 62. no. 1 (Spring 2010), 29-39.
Chicago: Rand, McNally & Company, (1902). 9'' x 6.75''. Original tan pictorial cloth. Green pictorial endpapers with music by W.H. Neidlinger. Illustrated by Corbett in color throughout. 105,  pages. Only slight fading to covers.
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