Chicago: The Reilly & Lee Co., (1930). Single volume, measuring 5 x 7 inches: 88 unnumbered pages. Original full black cloth, color pictorial pastedown title label, geometric patterned color endpapers. Text printed in blue, red, and purple, with color pictorial frames printed on nearly every page. Housed in publisher’s original box, printed in a geometric pattern of pink, white, black, and gilt; pink pastedown title label on side of lid.
Unrecorded Art Deco autograph album for children, featuring a playful series of verses: “Come gather with me / ‘Neath the family tree, / And tell me your thoughts / Autobiographicallee!” The album devotes separate sections to different kinds of autographs: family, friends, teachers, and more. Blank pages are decorated with whimsical color frames: the “schoolmates” section depicts children at their writing desks, while “neighbors” features a tulip-lined block of houses. Of special note is the section devoted to autographs from “celebrities,” a term not in widespread American usage until the rise of the public relations industry and the Hollywood star system in the early twentieth century (Gamson, Claims to Fame). Chicago publisher Reilly & Lee specialized in children’s books, most notably L. Frank Baum’s Oz books after 1903. Not listed in OCLC. A fine, bright copy, untouched in the original box.