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A Collection From the Library of Thelma Gooch - Famous Children's Book Illustrator

Thelma Gooch was born in 1895 in Columbus, Ohio and died in 1973 in Scottsdale, AZ, spending time in Cleveland and New York.  After studying art, she began to sell freelance illustrations to book publishers.  During the 1920’s she developed a reputation for children’s book illustrations.  In 1960, Miss Gooch moved to Scottsdale to be near her brother and his family.  This collection of books was owned personally by Miss Gooch, and most were illustrated by her and contain her signature.

Signed books with dust jackets: (1) The Adventures of Elizabeth Ann  and (2) The Linger-Nots and the Mystery House.

Signed books with cover art inside: Doris Force at Locked Gates, Our Little Welsh Cousin, Nancy Brandon Enthusiast, Ann’s Sterling Heart, Merilyn’s Senior Dreams, Merilyn’s Adventure, The Blythe Girls: Margy’s Queer Inheritance, Rose’s Odd Discovery, Snowbound Camp, and Rose’s Hidden Talent

A notable book from Thelma Gooch’s library: The Little Mother Goose illustrated by Jessie Willcox Smith, 1918.

Plus eight other children’s books belonging to Gooch.


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