[Berryman, Clifford Kennedy] (C.K. Berryman) (1869-1949) [Presumed cartoonist, or primary cartoonist, although uncredited]
Title Mother Goose in Gridiron Rhyme. December 1911 A Collection of Alphabets, Rhymes, Tales and Jingles With 80 Illustrations. December Dinner of the Gridiron Club
Book Condition Very Good
Edition First edition
Publisher Washington DC The Gridiron Press December 9, 1911
Seller ID 004030
Inscribed by C.K. Berryman, the cartoonist, to H.W. Berryman. The inscription states, "This book is inscribed by the illustrator C.K. Berryman". 8vo. 20 by 16.5 cm. 74,  pp. Cartoons are of the political luminaries of the day, including many names still recognizable, such as Elihu Root, William Borah, Taft, TR, Robert LaFolette, , Gifford Pinchot, Henry Stimson, Woodrow Wilson, and on and on. Clever rhymes for the ABC and then clever variants of well-known nursery rhymes. The drawings capture the persons depicted with great fidelity yet impressive economy. Berryman began his career as an artist for the patent office before joining the staff of "The Washington Post" in 1891 as an understudy for its chief cartoonist, then becoming its official cartoonist in 1896. In 1907 he left the Post for "The Washington Star" where he drew cartoons until his death. He is probably best known for inspiring the Teddy Bear. The Gridiron Club was founded in 1885 and remains one of the most prestigious press clubs in the nation. The Gridiron Dinner is an annual rite in Washington, often attended by the sitting President. This book is uncommon in the original printing.