Outcault, R.F. (illus).
Cupples & Leon. [ 1907].
Color cartoon illustrations throughout, unpaginated, 11 x 16 1/2 inches, color pictorial paper-covered boards with cloth spine (hardbound). This book is only in fair condition, but all pages are present. The covers are detached, and missing sections (see image), with creases and tears. There is a long tear across the first page and several other edge tears, paper loss to lower right edge, soiling; several other pages have tears, all have light soiling and wear in the lower right corner where the pages were turned. Richard F. Outcault is widely regarded as the inventor of the modern comic strip, and the Buster Brown series the archetypal comic strip. The titles in this anthology (all copyright 1905 by the New York Herald Co.) are Buster Brown and Halloween, Buster Brown's Thanksgiving, Buster Brown goes to church, Buster Brown on Uncle Jack's Farm, Buster Brown and Tige, &c., Buster Brown's Fourth of July (with a single page explosion in the farmyard), Buster's Mama comes to the Farm, Buster Brown and Cousin Fanny's Beau, Buster Brown and Uncle Buster, Buster Brown in the Attic, Buster Brown, Buster Brown He slips off the Resolution Wagon Again, Buster Brown and Cousin Fanny's Beau (again), Buster Brown He Takes some Mice to Church. Item #38382