THE PALACE MYSTERY. Outsider Books, Jane MCKINNEY, Kay Hartwell, Jane Kay, Text, Photographs.


[ca. 1960]. Hardcover. Small 4to. Green leather commercial album containing 18 gray leaves, with 19 gelatin-silver prints glued onto rectos and versos (ranging from 2.5" by 2.5" to 7" by 5" approx.) with typewritten text glued throughout. Very good plus overall with only mild tinting to several photos. One torn at edge but mostly intact. Else clean throughout. Very good. Item #21870

Strikingly well-executed homemade children's book, illustrated with original photographs of children dressing up and acting out the tale. The story was conceived by two 11-year-old twin brothers, who recruited their younger siblings to participate. The book begins with the birth of Princess Gloria and the nefarious plans of her half-brother, Rudolph, to ransack the throne and steal the royal rubies (with the help of his co-conspirator Butch). After poisoning the King and Queen, Rudolph prepares to kill Gloria, but her loyal nurse Shelly overhears him talking with Butch. Shelly takes Gloria and the rubies and escapes to the forest, where the two remain for several years. During this time they meet Patrick, a prince from a neighboring kingdom who plans to overthrow the "hated" King Rudolph, now head of Gloria's parents' throne. Gloria and Patrick get engaged, and Patrick gathers an army to depose the king. When Rudolph and Butch see the enemy forces approaching, they "choose a coward's death" and drink poison. The story ends with Gloria and Patrick's royal wedding. An impressively imagined story, with well-executed photographs "improvised from odds and ends around the house," according to the adults in their introduction.

Price: $850.00