The young conductor of the book's title is a character named Dick Farrallon, who is described as "one of the brightest and manliest boys."
The Young Conductor was written by Edward S. Ellis (1840-1916), who had more than a dozen pseudonyms, including James Fenimore Cooper Adams and Boynton M. Belknap. According to the biographical page at the back of this book, "the high moral character, the clean, manly tendencies and the admirable literary style of Mr. Ellis' stories have made him as popular on the other side of the Atlantic as in this country."
But we're not here today for Dick Farrallon or Edward Ellis or any sorts of manliness.
We're here for the pictures.
The coolest thing about this 121-year-old volume is the colorful endpapers. There are separate illustrations in the front and the back. Unfortunately, no artist is credited.
Here they are for your enjoyment. I think the second one will join the ranks of my favorite images presented on Papergreat.
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- Curious artistic endpapers from the 1912 novel "Corporal Cameron"
- Dubble Bubble Quiz tucked away inside an old schoolbook
- Birds wearing clothes to help children learn to read in 1930
- Sheep featured on endpapers of Elson Junior Literature book
- 1936's "Albanian Wonder Tales": Frontispiece and endpapers
- Cool map featured on endpapers of "At Camp Kee Tov"
- The Three Investigators #1: The Secret of Terror Castle