Antique Children's Book - Billy Whiskers Kidnapped by Frances Trego Montgomery - 1910
You can't give direction to goats. They do what they want. Graham Phillips
Beloved 19th and 20th-century children's book author, Frances Trego Montgomery (1858-1925) was the writer of a large series of stories centered around the life and times of Billy Whiskers - an adventurous farm goat. Beloved by children for generations, her Billy series included 30 books in total. Billy Whisker's Kidnapped is number 11 in the series, tucked in between Billy Whisker's Vacation (10) and Billy Whisker's Kids (12). As you might imagine, it involves a kidnapping on the farm and in a riveting 187 pages delights readers with an adventuresome tale. Published in 1910, it bears a beautifully illustrated cover with gold lettering and a golden Billy butting his head against the gate. A captivating tale for tea-time, adults, and well as kids will be charmed by this book and by Billy himself. It was a favorite book series of John F. Kennedy, which goes to show how it stands up to the testament of time. Classic in nature, Billy resounds whether it is 1910, 1950 or 2022.
- Decorated cover boards
- Illustrated throughout by Arthur DeBebian with both color plates and black and white drawings
- 187 pages
Considering this book is 108 years old it is in lovely condition. All the pages are intact and the spine is tight. A previous owners name is written on the inside cover. There is a slight bend to the back of the book (please see photo) and foxing to the interior endpapers. There is a small pen scribble on the back end paper along with a name and address handwritten in very faint pencil.
Measures 7.25" inches (width) x 9.25" inches (length) x 1" inch (depth)
A lovely story to read to your kids and an equally pretty book to include in your decor, antique children's books also make great gifts for the holidays and for hostesses. Include it in a basket with other goat-themed things like goat cheese, goat's milk lotion, etc for a memorable present that can be enjoyed by generations to come.