14 Books of Hand-Bound Manuscript Juvenile Artwork, Each on a Different Subject
[Seattle, Washington]: 1924-1929. Sizes vary, from 9 x 7 inches to 11-1/2 x 16 inches. Paginations vary, many about 20-30pp, one 81pp. Most stab-bound paper wrappers; two bound in heavy cardboard covers and string ties. Includes many original illustrations; text in holograph script or typescript. Occasional light wear; one volume, "My Trip to South America", has become unbound. Good to Very Good condition overall.
A collection of handmade books by [Winfield] Scott Spirk from 1924-1929, on subjects as varied as the history of paper, WWI, and a trip to South America. Spirk (1914-2009) was a student at McDonald Elementary School, John Marshall School, and Roosevelt High School, all in Seattle Washington, during this period. He later served in the U.S. Navy during WWII and was employed by Boeing as an aeronautical engineer.
The volumes included here are: Europe, about an imaginary visit to 27 European countries; Paper, a history of paper; My Book, possibly the earliest creation of Spirk's, with six subjects including Christopher Columbus, the Easter bunny, and birds; My Trip to South America, about a trip (possibly imaginary?) to that continent; South America, which includes a hand-drawn map in color; The United States, a series of reports on 18 states; Geography, a general overview of the subject with illustrations showing the daily sunrises and sunsets from October 1923 - January 1924; Records, about time and time-keeping; Poems, a book of child's verses; The Tariff; English; The World War; Richard I; and The Story of Rubber, a history of the development by White people of rubber.