First edition of this ursine alphabet, featuring a Rough Rider Teddy bear and a whole host of his adorable associates.
"R is for Rough Rider Teddy, for peace or for war he is ready."
From Auto Bear Andy to Zoo Bear, JOLLY BEARS ABC depicts Teddy bears from all walks of life, including Farmer Bear Fred and Old bear "worth a million." Most notable is the inclusion of Rough Rider Teddy, clearly modeled on sitting president Theodore Roosevelt. The Teddy bear that we know and love had only been on the market a few years at the time of this publication, and was not yet as ubiquitous as it is today. A charming and scarce alphabet.
New York: Charles E. Graham & Co, . 10.75'' x 9.75''. Original stiff color pictorial wrappers. 4 pages of color illustrations, 4 pages of black and white.  leaves. Wrapper with careful repairs to spine and corners, mild toning; rear wrapper with a bit of soil. Leaves with scattered soil, 2 leaves with tiny repaired closed tears. Colors vibrant.
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