Joliet, Illinois: The P. F. Volland Company, 1929, 1st, one of the Volland Fairy Stories, pictorial paper boards with white elephant caparisoned in red ornaments; endpapers with running jungle animals, endpapers, boards and all plates have delicate floral borders, black cloth spine, in black box with same illustration as boards, with slip advertising "Dandy Gander" (1928) laid in; 6x9.25"; 92 pp. + list of series. Boxed book.
Stories taken from various sources and originally broadcast by the "Radio Lady", which read smoothly. Her introduction gives children further books to explore and introduces them to comparative folklore. The illustrations are beautiful: full color plates inspired by Mughal painting, each facing a decorated caption, and others in black and white. (Since all Volland paper was "plate" quality, the colour and b/w could be printed on either side of the sheet.) The stories are: The White Elephant, The Grain of Corn, The Timid Little Rabbit, Singh Raja and the Cunning Little Jackals, The Kingdom of Mouseland, The Alligator and the Jackal, The Bold Blackbird, The Kid and the Tiger, The Brahmin and the Tiger, The Bear's Bad Bargain, The Man Who Rode a Tiger.
CONDITION: Fine in Good Minus box; no names or other marks, straight and crisp, as new; in box with nice bottom half, soiled on back; the somewhat faded lid has rubs on tips and edges and carefully repaired splits along both sides and two corners/edges, nothing missing. Item #19535