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New York: Macmillan, 1942, 1st printing; 9x11.5 oblong, 64 pp.
"When the eye and mind have dwelt too long on treachery, cruelty, and brutality it is good to see in a fine horse those qualities so essential in times of stress - courage, strength, and unconquerable pride." CWA 1942 . Heart-wrenchingly beautiful drawings that show the unique character of each horse. Getting hard to find with a jacket in this condition.
CONDITION: Fine in Very Good jacket; no names, light wartime paper with very nice spine and corners, in jacket with shadow of adjacent books, with light wear to corners, two half inch tears; unclipped 2.50.#18939
Nurnberg: Theo. Stroefer's Kunstverlag, #1073, lithographs and printing by E. Rister, Nurnberg. circa 1900; illustrated paper boards with a gray and a bay pony gazing over a wooden fence while pigeons look on, four full colour lithographs of animals, facing sepia drawings and poems in script.
Simply beautiful animal chromolithographs. In German. Such lovely horses that we had to put it with the horse books.
CONDITION: Good Plus; no names, spine, top left corner and bottom right corner are chipped, boards soiled, foxing throughout; pages flat with some page soil.#19082
New York: McLoughlin Bros., late 19th c; electrotyped by Vincent Dill, 24 Beekman St. N. Y.; three sheets folded, making 10 interior pages; red and black front with pie, on back a list of paper dolls.... many kinds, including Eva St. Clair & Topsy.
The proud girl, the meek girl, the neat little girl, the disorderly girl "Nor her shortcomings does she feel,/But skips amongst her idle friends,/From midday sun, till twilight ends."
CONDITION: Near Fine; no marks, corners sharp, absolutely crisp, apparently never read; this book was never sewn, and the pages are laid together; there are no needle holes; only very light foxing on covers and edges, and occasionally on pages, indicate its age.#19049
New York: McLoughlin Bros. Inc., #1314, no date; three very stiff fine glazed linen sheets, folded and center stapled, making 12 pages; full colour on outside with painting of cow, 4 interior paintings, 4 drawings, 7.2x10.2.
A serious cow on the cover: Mostly about Guernsey and Holstein cows, with some sheep and goats. Pictures are from the turn of the century, not in World Cat and scarce.
CONDITION: Near Fine, no names, a very faint crease on bottom corner.#19018
Poughkeepsie, New York: Artists and Writer's Guild, A Book by Pere Castor, #3707, 1935/1934 (Flammarion, Paris); Thin paper boards, in yellow with black silhouettes against vivid backgrounds, pocket on endpaper containing about 20 pieces of tissue; card pages with silhouettes; 8.25x8.2.
An introduction tells children various ways they can use the tissue to create stained class effects behind the silhouettes. Beautiful designs.
CONDITION: Very Good Plus; no names, tiny tips on 3 corners rubbed to card, (1/32"), tiny light rubs in a few places along front edge, spine ends very nice. Essentially as new. The paper has probably never been removed, so that the circle of the pocket has left an impression on it, if that constitutes a flaw! A lovely copy.#19037
anon. - Oscar Pletsch, illustrator/Oskar Pletsch, illustrator.
London: George Routledge and Sons, [1867/1866 Germany], printed by Leighton Brothers, .
Engaging coloured pictures, observations of the mischievous, pretty children of prosperous families. Frontis and title pages have borders of foxgloves, harebells, daffodils and vines.Very difficult to choose just a few pictures; there are more! Poems probably in-house rather than translations of the German.
CONDITION: Good Minus; 1870 owner inscription, spine cloth is split on both sides half way down but attached at top, thus grade; otherwise nice, tips of corners rubbed through, light foxing throughout; worth repair.#14045
Bible (Williams, Clara Andrews)/George Andrews Williams, illustrator.
New York: Frederick A. Stokes Company Publishers, The Glue Series, August, 1908/1908, green cloth backstrip, grey paper boards with Noah seated and surrounded by the animals, all pictures cut out and glued with perforated stubs, 8 large illustrations with text facing; 10.75x13"
Magnificent pictures of the animals: constructing the ark, running toward it in a storm, drowning in the flood, sitting at dinner in the ark, playing, dancing, conferring with Noah, and racing off onto dry land two by two. Apparently done by a careful older child, so that the cutting of the black lines is not perfect and a few of the placements are debatable, but a wonderful piece and hard to find in this series.
CONDITION: Fair; no names, hinges sturdy, warped boards have water spots, rubs, and soil, especially in margins and edges, and spine cloth in poor condition; endpapers bubbled with margin soil; nice title page, all pages are glued with all pieces apparently present (two small feet cracks), three professionally glued margin tears; judging by title page, paper is fairly light in tone but offset from pieces make it appear unevenly soiled and darker.#19013
Carroll, Lewis./Julia Greene and Helen Pettes, after Sir John Tenniel, illustrator.
New York: Cupples & Leon Company 1917; ivory cloth backed paper boards with full colour picture of Alice, flamingo, and Duchess, grey back, black spine; intact colour frontis plate could be cut out to form a Mad Hatter's Tea Party; different silhouette borders for each chapter; 7.75x9.75; 124 pp.
Very attractive little umber silhouettes surround each page. The cut out opportunities are limited to one page, the frontis. I have seen a reference to a printing with more plates, but have not seen it listed. We happen to have another similar to this listed on the site in lesser condition $70 (search).
CONDITION: Very Good Minus; inked name; front board somewhat soiled, back board very rubbed, board edges very worn espec. bottom front corner; spine sturdy and hinges tight; pages very flat, tight, and clean (unopened and unread) frontis plate very nice.#18889
Czukowski, K, (tlumacxyt Broniewski, Wladyslaw, Olga Siemaszkowa, illustrator)/Olga Siemaszkowa, illustrator.
Krakow: Czytelnik, 1947/1947 1st printing thus; #229, pink boards with a little man raising a tree umbrella/merry-go-round with animals in little chairs hanging from the spokes; full page colored lithos, 8 single pages, 4 spreads; 8vo; 69 pages. (In Polish)
Eight long poems for children, illustrated with fanciful animals and insects. By the author/illustrator pair who did Dla Dzieci for Czytelnik in 1955.
CONDITION; Good; no names, tight binding, but thin, rubbed, finely scratched boards are soft and flexible, extrems bumped and worn, edges worn to white, not card; recent sticker pull tear to upper right corner.#19066
Dickens, Charles/ Samuel McChord Crothers, reteller./Jessie Willcox Smith.
New York: Charles Scribner's Sons, Scribner Illustrated classics; 1928/1925 later printing of the first edition; black cloth with full colour plate of Tiny Tim and his father entering the house, coloured top edge; in tan jacket with pasted on plate identical to boards; illustrated endpapers by Euphame Mallison, 10 coloured plates by Willcox Smith including tissue guarded frontis, and copy of cover plate, as issued; 7x9, 259 pp.
Very much retold by Crothers with introductory chapters on London and on Dickens himself. Lovely illustrations.
CONDITION: Very Good Plus in Very Good jacket; no names or book plates, generally very tight, straight, and clean, spine gilt very bright, plate perfect; nick in bottom edge, one corner slightly bumped, top faded with half inch stray mark; in jacket with light edgewear, 3/8 inch chips to corners, front plate slightly rubbed; unclipped 2.50. "Too large for flat rate. Additional postage required for priority or international."#19113
Rochester, N. Y.: Stecher Lith. Co.; No. 42; (1916); heavy lithographed full coloured card in large WRAPS with rounded corners as issued (good idea), the front has the children marching along with supplies, the back has them standing and waiting with their ax, pan, and wood; the verso of the cover is the title page, and on the back, a boy fishing; three stapled lighter card interior sheets, making 12 interior pages, 6 coloured full page coloured illustrations and 6 in half tones, red and blue; approx. 13.8x7.2 inches.
A resolutely cheerful poem about family camping, quite fun, with sweet pictures in lovely colours.
CONDITION: Very Good Plus; no names, spine rubbed, 2 tiny abrasions, a few light margin smudges; the general effect is very clean, tight, and completely unwrinkled.#19055
Fanny Fern (Mrs. Sarah Payson Willis Parton)/Fred. M. Coffin, illustrator.
New York: Mason Brothers, 108 and 110 Duane Street, 1857/1856 co. probable first; red boards with blindstamped design of a network of leaves, which is gilt on spine, teal endpapers, frontis and plates throughout created for this book, and etched by different artisans, 12mo; 286 pp.
The topics of these lively, independent stories seem rather adult though they are intended to be read aloud to younger children. "...those for whom it is too old now, can look at the pictures and learn to read, little by little, by spelling out the words in the stories... I meant it to read when you are out of school, and want to be amused." FF's first book, Fern Leaves, was an instant best seller, reprinted many times. It was followed by an adult novel, Ruth Hall. This first edition of her third book may contain stories not included in later reprints. Her work is of interest to feminist scholars. Not didactic.
CONDITION: Fair; 19th c name, spine is virtually detached, boards quite clean with 1"x 1/4" stain, corners worn through up to half inch, loosening, some light foxing on page margins, but none in text, pages quite flat and clean, one page detached. A good candidate for rebinding.#18850
Philadelphia: Claxton, Remsen, & Haffelfinger, 1873/co. 1872 presumed 1st printing of this first edition (January 28th 1873 inscription); brown cloth with black stamped decorations, gilt titles and fine gilt picture of acrobat and circus horse, elaborate gilt and black spine, blindstamped back; brown endpapers, "with Twelve Superb Chromo-Lithographic Illustrations" from designs by Hermann Faber, present as issued, and each page bordered with same line design; 6x8", 15x20cm; 136 pp. Note: the LC indicates 1 cm larger all around, assuming it was measured accurately.
Many, many rhymes, reminiscent of nursery rhymes, but gentler, and quite well done. The illustrations are by a German American artist primarily known for medical illustration and his "Death of Lincoln" There must be an interesting story behind this book.
CONDITION: Good Minus; charming 1873 birthday inscription on interior flyleaf, spine bright and front cover good, extremities bumped and worn, loosening on interior pages so that signatures are uneven, evidence of moisture damage from pp 60 to 80, affecting plates, espec. margins; wrinkles and page soil on early and late pages, still most pages flat and clean.#18857
New York: William Morrow, 1945 1st printing of this book; in paper boards with painting of children waving from the SS Homeland and a blue back; not spiral bound as with later printing; sad sun on front endpaper and happy sun on rear endpaper with no free endpapers as issued, doubled pages; six card children are stored on the deck and can be fit in their homeland pages; in A jacket identical to boards; oblong 9.25x6.75 inches; np.
In a pretty realistic story, six children lose their name tags on their trip home on an ocean liner, and they need the reader's help in getting home. This book is said to reflect the urgency of repatriating children after the confusion of World War Two. I had the 1945 version as a child, the 1951 version would not have had the little Russian figure. Probably influenced me... see the interesting comment below.
CONDITION: Very Good in Very Good jacket; no names, bright, clean boards with rubs to extremities, all nice and clean inside, with three of the children showing creases on their necks and 1/16" tears to the sides of their slots; in jacket with light edgewear all around, more on spine top, 2" tear on crease; unclipped 1.50.#19053
New York: Viking, 1935/1935, stated 1st printing red cloth boards, mother and baby bird drawing on endpaper spread, in jacket with drawings of little ones, a baby and farm animals, and brown back; 8.2x10.2 inches; 79 pp.
Beautiful lithographs for each of the eleven baby stories, told in unrhymed verse. A special book.
CONDITION: Very Good Plus in Very Good clipped jacket; neat adult name, straight and clean, with some darkening to edges and a little bump to spine foot, in jacket with top edgewear, up to 1/4" on spine, half inch crease tear.#18981
New York: Frederick A. Stokes Company, 1941/1941, 1st printing in book form, blue cloth boards, with little watchbird on fixed endpaper, then title page; 9.4x12.5 inches; 28 pp.
More cautionary watchbird stories, the Full-Mouth, the Pouter, the Flitter, the Won't Try.... When the children have overcome these little faults, the watchbirds will fly away.
CONDITION: Very Good without jacket; 1941 gift inscription on title page, board edges and spine faded, four very small flecked/light areas, extrems rubbed to cloth, not card; printed coloured bookplate covering watchbird on fixed endpaper; very clean, light, and unwrinkled, does not appear to have been read by a child.#18979
London: Wells, Gardner, Darton & Co Ltd., New York: Frederick A. Stokes Company Publishers, 1906, 1st printing, colophon on verso of half title page; ivory cloth boards, with early 19th c girl and boy standing at the gates to a golden door; cream, brown and orange, gilt titles, door, and decorated spine, frontis and decorated title page are finely coloured; monochrome illustrations, full page and in text; publisher's "superfine" paper; large 8vo; gilt top edge;425 pp; ad for similar volume of the Taylor sister's poems.
A companion volume to his "Old-Fashioned Tales" (1905). Twenty stories from early writers for children 1790 to 1830, intended to be representative. Lady Anne, the longest story in the book, is a lovely riches to rags to riches tale that shows the lives of the poor in the early 19th c. Charming illustrations: Lucas says, "Mr. Bedford is one of those rare artists who read a story first."
CONDITION: Very Good; no names, binding straight, thinly cracked on two interior openings; upper spine and back corner bumped, some light foxing on board margins, small tape stains on free front endpaper; interior paper darkening a little but flat and clean; nice plates, darkening frontis tissue guard unwrinkled. Judging by the ad in back the price was probably 6s.#18847
Olivera, Miguel Alfredo./Sergio A. Iribarren y Horacio E. Molina
Buenos Aires: Emece Editores November, 1952, 1st, sd; coral pink matte boards with little girl and yellow titles, black spine, plain endpapers; colorful illustrations throughout including a double foldout spread for the title poem; 8.25x10.8 inches; np.
A delightful compilation of the author's own poems as well as ones he has loved since childhood, in several languages, illustrated with small bright paintings, with a spectacular center fold.
CONDITION: Fair, because one signature is detached, otherwise very good, no names, a little rubbing along the edges, quarter inch splay, pages very bright, unwrinkled, and clean.#19174
Pestalozzi, Heinrich Johann/Richard Nitsch, illustrator.
Berlin: Otto Wernthal, ; golden brown cloth boards, green cloth spine, brown titles, with a large paste-on T shaped plate with illustration of a haunting little girl in a red dress standing in a blossoming orchard; grey floral art nouveau design endpapers, 12 songs, each with half-title, lyrics facing illustrated words and music on pages with blank backs, 8 coloured, 4 black and white; 55 pages. (In German)
A beautiful collection of the songs of the Swiss educator illustrated by a German artist. Uncommon.
CONDITION: Good Minus; no names, boards and spine very flecked and rubbed, quite soiled on back board, all edges worn to card, front hinge paper cracked but binding sturdy, pages unwrinkled but very soiled in margins, some more than others, coloured drawings bright and clean.#19059
Prague Praha Praze: Josef Dolezal: Cervenem Kostelci (Vydalo roku 1946)/1944; F. Horky , red cloth backed russet paper boards with the little hedgehog boy in ivory; yellow top edge; endpapers with large spread of four little hedgehog boys and a little girl dancing, in gold; green jacket with portrait of little boy with flower behind his ear and prickly hair; 8.5x11.75 inches; 91 pp. (In Czech) SIGNED AND BRIEFLY INSCRIBED BY AUTHOR, 1950; (darkened for legibility in jpg)
The Jezek Pichacek books are among Kubasta's earliest work for children, see our listing above for JP mezi Lidmi. This book is signed by the writer and director of the puppet theater: Loutkova scena v dome Komenskeho, a reference to Comenius. The story tells of Jezek's early years and is full of wonderful coloured animal paintings in text. SIGNED AND BRIEFLY INSCRIBED BY AUTHOR, 1950; (darkened for legibility in jpg) Rare. Library special collections inquire.
CONDITION: Good Plus in Good jacket; no names, boards slightly rubbed on edges and corners, front board cracked in several places, although not visible on fixed endpaper, pages and paintings very bright with occasional soil in bottom corner; in jacket with no loss of paper but long half inch rubbed areas beside spine front and back, and at spine ends, and tag pull tear in upper corner, moderate edgewear repaired on interior with tape which does not show through.#18943
Prague Praha Praze: F. Horky, 1948 reprint (Josef Dolezal: Cervenem Kostelci 1944); red cloth backed grey cloth boards with the little hedgehog boy in red; yellow top edge; green jacket with portrait of little boy with flower behind his ear and prickly hair, rear flap mentions 1949; 8.5x11.75 inches; 91 pp.
During the German occupation, Kubasta worked for a puppet theater under Cenek Sovak. This little hedgehog boy, Jezek Pichacek, was one of the puppets. Subsequently, Sovak and Kubasta created several books about Jezek Pichacek. Many coloured pictures throughout the text. In this Jezek has adventures with an elegantly dressed cat-like creature, and eventually returns home. See also the earlier book, signed by Sovak, Jezek Pichacek mezi Zviratky. Rare.
CONDITION: Very Good in Poor jacket; no names, slightly sprung boards are stained by the jacket tape, paper toning a bit, but very clean and unwrinkled with bright colours; in a jacket that would have been adequate if someone had not attempted to repair it with lavish swathes of tape, still, the jacket front with the large portrait of the hero is bright and clean.#17668
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