DICKEY BYRD, Elizabeth Woodruff with Illustrations by Gustaf Tenggren and Decorations by Carl Emil Wehde Published by Milton Bradley, Springfield, Massachusetts, 1928. First Edition. 4to up to 12″ tall; 146 pp. plus 6 tipped in color plates by Tenggren and 14 illustrations by Carl Wehde in dark turquoise and white. Dark green marbled boards with yellow titles to spine and front; front illustration also in yellow; red and yellow illustrated endpapers; stylized text in dark turquoise; sewn binding. In very good condition without ownership marks or tears; plates are in mint condition. Top corner edge has tiny fold in some sections; light toning to page edges. Gatherings somewhat loosened from back strip; all pages are still holding tight and binding is straight and square. Boards have rubbing to corners and edges with 3 small rubbed spots along spine.
A collection of stories about Dickey Byrd and his adventures rescuing his flannel elephant from a gang of rogue elves and fairies. Gustaf Adolf Tenggren (1896 – 1970) was a Swedish-American illustrator. He is known for his Arthur Rackham-influenced fairy-tale style and use of silhouetted figures with caricatured faces. Tenggren was a chief illustrator for The Walt Disney Company in the late 1930s, in what has been called the Golden Age of American animation, when animated feature films such as Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, Fantasia, Bambi and Pinocchio were produced.