In this 217 page book the Red
Headed Boy makes life miserable for his Uncle Ike. This is not unlike
how Peck's Bad Boy tortured all the adults in his life.
George W. Peck along with his son established the new iteration of his
weekly Peck's Sun in May, 1899, instead of a Peck's Bad Boy column,
Peck's Uncle Ike starred in the feature column. The Uncle Ike stories
were put into book form when Peck's Uncle Ike and the Red-Headed Boy
was published in November, 1899.
A picture of George W. Peck is the frontispiece. There are twenty-five
full page line drawn illustrations (including the frontispiece) done by
Ike Morgan. Morgan (1871-1913), a native of St. Louis, was a well known
illustrator of children's books. He illustrated the Woggle-Bug Book
which was written by L. Frank Baum of Wizard of Oz fame. He also worked
with several New York newspapers.
The first format cover has a picture of a seahorse as well as several
letters on the bottom left of the chair. These are indicators that the
cover was designed and illustrated by W. W. Denslow. Denslow is best
known as the illustrator of the Wonderful Wizard of Oz. In the early
1900's he was the head of the illumination department for the Roycroft
Press. His cover work frequently features a seahorse.
This title was published by three publishing houses between 1899 and
1. Alexander Belford Company (first edition publisher)
2. Jamieson-Higgins Company
3. Hurst and Company
This title was also published as a combination book. This large volume
included both Peck's Uncle Ike and the Red Headed Boy as well as
Sunbeams. The former book appeared in its entirety with the usual
Morgan illustrations. It was published in this combination volume by
1. Thompson and Thomas (1900 and later)
2. M. A. Donohue & Co. 1901
3. Charles C. Thompson and Company.
First Edition 1899 (Alexander Belford Company,
With the exception of some Hurst editions the cover of this title never
changed regardless of dates or publishers.
The Alexander Belford Company published books only in 1899. The only
Peck book it published was the first edition of Peck's Uncle Ike and
the Red Headed Boy. It was printed in wraps in November, 1899 as Volume
1 in the Belford Series (25 cents) and in hardcover (50 cents) (see
below). Both books are 12 mos.
First edition in wraps and cloth.
1900-1902 Jamieson-Higgins (Chicago) published this
title between 1900-1902.
The format is unchanged from the 1899 first edition published by
This firm published this book in wraps and cloth in 12 mos. size.
Hurst and Company
This New York firm first published this title in wraps and cloth in
1903. It was advertised as being part of "Our Famous "Peck" Books".
This included three Peck books- This title, Peck's Red Headed Boy and
Sunbeams. The cover picture of this title remained the same until 1909
at which time the cover picture changed.
1903-1908 in wraps
Post 1909 book (new cover picture) Brown
uncoated dust jacket paper.
Post-1909 Later Format with white coated
dust jacket paper
Hurst published this title in two of its publisher's series.
1. The Fairy Tale Series between 1903-1908 (12 Mos.) for 50 cents.
The Fairy Tale Series is a seventeen volume series published between
1905 and 1908. The titles were priced at 50 cents each. The covers are
stereotyped except for the title and the appliqué picture. The books
are 7.5 x 5.25 (12 Mo.) and originally came with a dust jacket. Peck's
Uncle Ike and the Red Headed Boy is the only Peck volume in the series.
2. Presentation Series between 1905-1909 (Crown 8 Vo. (8" x 6")) for
$1.00. This volume is a combination book including Peck's Uncle Ike and
Starting in 1909 Peck's Uncle Ike and the Red Headed Boy was published
in the Young American Library. These 12 mo. books were sold for 50
cents. The books can be distinguished from the earlier non series
Pecks' by their smaller size- 7 x 5.25. Also the books in this series
have a list of "Hurst's Books for Boys" on the back of the dust jacket.
The titles of this series were published with a number of different
Thompson and Thomas published the first
combination book that contained this title in 1900.
This is the 1900 publication.
Here is the 1901 version.
Here is the title page for the
post-1901 Thompson and Thomas editions.
Note that although the the cover and text is identical to the 1901
edition, the title page does not mention Sunbeams.
Post-1901 title page
This combination book was also published in 1901 by M. A.
Donohue & Co. Michael A. Donohue's publishing company
succeeded the Donohue Brothers which was only in business during 1900.
With the exception of the title page, this book is identical to the
Thompson and Thomas book.
Charles C. Thompson published this
combination book in about 1909. This is when this Chicago company
succeeded Thompson and Thomas.
The book format is identical to the 1901 combination book published by
Thompson and Thomas.