Sunday, October 25, 2009

The Baron Trump Series by Ingersoll Lockwood

The Baron Trump books were a four volume series published by Lee and Shepard. The books detail marvelous fantasy adventures of Baron Trump and others. Great line drawn illustrations are seen throughout the books which were also called Ingersoll Lockwood's Wonder Books. You have to wonder if L. Frank Baum helped himself to some of the ideas here for his Oz books.

1. The Travels and Adventures of Little Baron Trump and His Wonderful Dog Bulger 1889
2. The Extraordinary Experiences of Little Captain Dopplekop on the Shores of Bubblehead 1891
3. The Wonderful Deed and Doings of Little Giant Boab and His Talking Raven Tabib 1891
4. Baron Trump's Marvelous Underground Journey 1892

Ingersoll Lockwood (1841-1918) was the author of this series. He was better known however as a New York City attorney. Interesting enough his most notorious case appeared to involve the estate of a Mrs. Todd. This case revolved around whether the old lady in question had died naturally or was poisoned and if Lockwood should be the executor of the estate. Details about this inquiry appeared frequently in the New York Times over a number of months in 1905. After investigations and an autopsy it was determined she was poisoned. Great 1905 CSI stuff.

For dime novel interest the brother-in-law of Mrs. Todd's daughter was Sinclair Tousey. Tousey was the brother of Frank Tousey and a partner of his in the Frank Tousey Publishing Company. Small world, huh.


  1. Clifton Johnson, as you likely know already, illustrated but also did a lot of photography that was ultimately published in local history books. He is from Hadley, and is buried in an area known as Hockanum. His family went on to open and run a well known (if you are local to the Springfield, MA area) bookstore called Johnson's Book Store. Great blog you have, thanks for doing it!

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