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EDWIN W. DEMING. "In the Fairyland of America: A Tale of the Pukwudgies." Group of 5 illustrations published in the book of the same name, by Herbert Quick (New York: Frederick A. Stokes, 1901). Gouache, ink, and wash on board. 265x220 mm; 10 1/2x8 1/2. Each signed in lower margin except for illustration for page 45, which is signed in the image and warmly inscribed to Quick ("To my dear friend") in the lower margin. A copy of the book accompanies the lot.
Five of the forty-three illustrations created for this odd, engaging adventure story of a young boy and an anthropomorphic wildcat among an Indian tribe. The illustrations include the frontispiece ("`Outside of What?' Said the Drifting Goose); page 45 ("The Wild-Cat Rose...and, in the Saddest Manner in the World, Spoke"; also used, but modified, for the cover image); page 67 ("Meda's School"); page 107 ("The Wild-Cat Demands an Explanation."); and page 171 ("Edgar and the Medicine-Man Sat on the Ground.").