Rataplan, A Rogue Elephant
by Ellen Velvin 1902
This 7.5 x 5 book has
328 pages. There are twelve Gustave Verbeek illustrations on glossy
paper. Sixteen chapters each highlight a different animal.
This book came with a dust jacket which has not been seen as of yet.
The author, Ellen Velvin, was born in Southampton, England. She wrote a
number of books about wild animals, zoos, and animal training
(including another 1902 Altemus book, Wild Creatures Afield).
The ad below appeared
in 1902 in the Publisher's Weekly. I have not seen two different
editions of this title. Although the advertisement notes the second
edition now ready, I suspect that there is no distinguishing feature
between the two editions.
This title was obviously a big seller for Altemus since it had two
different printings within this first year of publication.