Frank Ver Beck
(1858 - 1933)
William Francis Ver Beck was born in rural Ohio and studied art and woodcarving in Mansfield, Ohio. After moving to New York he became a successful illustrator for magazines and books.
The Arkansaw Bear (1898)
Runaway Bocephus meets Horatio the fiddle-playing bear in the woods and teaches him the rest of his song as they take to the road. This is the first edition, identified by a misprint of T for B at the start of chapter 2. Read online at archive.org.
The Arkansaw Bear (1902)
Bosephus is a recent runaway. He meets Horatio, a talking, fiddle-playing bear in a patch of Arkansas woods. Read online at archive.org.
A New Wonderland (1900)
A collection of stories that take place in Phunnyland. Read online at gutenberg.org.
Only twelve of the original sixteen color illustrations are included in this edition, but there are new in-text illustrations. Read online at Project Gutenberg.