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The Little Skipper, Fenn,1900, Altemus
Charming 6-1/2" x 8-1/2" forty-eight page vintage book, "The Little Skipper", is the story about the son of a sea captain who stows away on his father's ship, which starts to sink after being rammed by another boat. All turns out well in the end, as he and his father are rescued. Written by George Manville Fenn, author of other turn of the century children's stories, the book was published by Henry Altemus Co., Philadelphia, in 1900. There are black and white illustrations throughout this nautical tale. Gilt printing enhances the Art Nouveau design on the left side of the front cover, while the little sailor salutes amid pink daisies against a yellow cloth background on the right side. Inside front endpaper and fly leaf have been reinforced, while a couple of closed tears are on the inside pages. Bottom of spine at front has pulled away slightly from the front cover, but is covered by a clear Mylar cover for added protection and is scarcely noticeable. Former owner's name is stamped, "Willis Moore, Dec. 25, 1903" on first free fly leaf. Book is tight with no crayon or pencil marks, although the pages are lightly toned. Willis was certainly kind to his books, as this one is in very nice condition for its age. Thank you for stopping by.