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New York: Sam'l Gabriel Sons & Company, Chimney Corner Series, (1916); originally published in The Evening Sun, NY; white boards of thin card and red paper spine with Towser and his Scottie friend playing on front board and Towser with blue bow on the back, four plates on one-sided white coated paper: 8.5x10.5; 31 pp.
Towser wrote this book about his eventful two weeks in the country, day by day.
CONDITION: Very Good Plus; no names, tight, a little rubbing at spine ends and along spine creases, spine is wrinkled from bindery; boards are very clean, straight and bright, pages darkening, plates nice, all interior crisp and clean#19006
New York: Farrar & Rinehart, 1944, 1st printing, colophon,translated from the Spanish by Delia Goetz; green cloth boards, jacket with deco illustrations in green, brown, white, and dark green-blue; 8vo; 176 pp incld introduction and glossary.
The epic of Lautaro, an Araucanian Indian who fought persistently and bravely for the liberation of his people. Set in 16th c Chile. Second Latin American Literary Prize, winning Juvenile
CONDITION: Very Good Plus in Very Good jacket; no names, spine ends lightly bumped, wartime paper, very tight and clean; in crisp jacket with 1/4" creased on spine bottom, 3/8" chip on top front; light soil and closed tears to 3/4" on back; unclipped 2.00.#18820
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
Milano: Antonio Vallardi; [ca 1870-1880 from items shown] Volume 1 of 4; paper boards, cream with pale blue borders and full colour picture, blue patterned endpapers, flat trimmed, 9x12" ; 12 full spread one-sided chromolitho plates.
Plates in stunning colour and detail with a text beneath to guide a parent in discussing the picture "testo esplicativo e metodico." Furniture, Tools, Animals, Town, Country, Christmas, Flowers, Fruit, Buildings and Utensili di Cucina to die for!
CONDITION: Poor; no names, boards are quite worn on edges and corners, but clean on illustrated top; back soiled; spine tape replaced by amateur and plates reglued (not originally sewn), thus rear hinge cracked; plates Near Fine.#14316
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
London: Griffith & Farran, successors to Newbery and Harris, Corner of St. Paul's Churchyard, 1865 on tp, probable 1st printing as 1865 and 1866 G&F books are not mentioned in the catalogue; green stamped cloth boards with large gilt cartouche of mother goose type person standing on a stool and holding crosspatch sign, gilt spine titles, needle, and creature on spine, gilt all around; frontis and 5 hand-coloured plates, as counted, not listed, all with tissue guards; 5x6.75"; 188 pp + "Original Junior Library, a 32 page catalogue of popular works, principally for the young published by Griffin and Farran" etc., with little picture of Goldsmith introduced to Newbery by Dr. Johnson. According to the catalogue, the price of this book, coloured and with gilt edges, was 4s 6d!
"A patchwork of story and song" a long fantasy involving two children and the strange characters. Beautifully coloured plates, still very bright. Frances and Thomas (Tom Hood) were the children of the poet Thomas Hood the Elder. They collaborated on a series of young children's books.
CONDITION: Good MInus; no names because missing free front endpaper, two signatures appear irregularly placed by amateur repair; very occasional page soil, no foxing, pages a bit stiff, still basically clean and bright with beautiful plates.#18864
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
Boston and New York: Houghton Mifflin Company, The Riverside Press, Cambridge, 1894 (same date) 1st US edition with these illustrations /1893 (as to Crane illustrations) /1887 (as to text), ; green top edge, ivory spine, russet and dark green titles, ivory, green, brown, and russet floral cloth boards, front and back identical, fine floral design endpapers in russet and dark green, doubled, french-fold, pages printed on one side only, quality paper. Decorations and illustrations on every spread, three coloured on any given page, in varied combinations, and finely detailed, surrounding the poems and specific to each poem, with slate blue and pale yellow added to cover palette, all in decorative gothic type; 8vo; 114 pp.
A lovely gift book, beautifully designed and drawn with delicate fairies, flowers, and wistful ladies.
CONDITION: Very Good; attractive period Arts and Crafts printed bookplate, no writing, tight and straight, spine darkened with visible half inch stain at foot and ends lightly scuffed; all board edges moderately rubbed through colour, not to card, green cloth near spine unevenly faded, some corners and bottom edges very lightly bumped, pages uncut and very clean, bright, and flat, except for light evidence of handling on first two. In stiff Mylar jacket.#19092
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
Fletcher, Robert Howe./Reginald Birch, illustrator.
New York: Century, 1904/1891. Tan cloth with stamped picture; 8vo; 96 pp + 20 plates.
"How they wrote a story and made pictures for it,".. illustrations by Birch after Fletcher's design. The story is interspersed with dialogue between the two, a little affected but amusing. Presentation copy to Frank P, Deering c/o the SF Bohemian club, with warm inscription in rhyme SIGNED by the author and additional tipped-in letter in envelope from the author. "to Endearing Miss Frank Deering in the "first" year of her age/ This the "Author" now appearing/ Hopes she'll laugh at every page;/ Hopes, too, that whate'er her age is,/When Life's story she has heard/ She'll find joy in all its pages/And be happy as a bird. Robert Howe Fletcher, San Francisco, August 20th, 1905. The book must have been in the Russian Hill house seven months later. Ask us for contents of the letter.
CONDITION: Very Good Plus with no jacket; no names, spine darkened.#6240
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
London and Sydney: Griffith Farran & Co.; Tokyo, Japanese Fairy Tale Series #14, printed by the Kobunsha; woodblock crepe paper soft cover, not string tied, 3.75" x 6"; np.
CONDITION: Good Plus; 3/8" tear at bottom front corner w creased flap, front a little dull, half inch colourless indent on back, interior bright and crisp; small 1/8" owner initials and date on inside top margin of front page; pictures and pages very bright and clean.#14266
New York: The Viking Press, 1935/1932, 1st printing US indicated, though no blindstamp or stained top edge; translated from the Russian by Sylvia Glass and Norbert Guterman; blue green cloth boards, in red and blue jacket with coat of arms; 8vo; 14 pg front matter + 289 pp.
Drawn from an elaborate game the author and his brother play over several years, which terminates abruptly on the eve of the Russian Revolution. A Novel with Maps, Coat of Arms, and a Flag. ...."But this is not the kernel of the nut. Our game reflected reality, everything which was at that time set our boyish brains on fire: the war, false heroism, bourgeois ideals of valour, our monstrous education, the Revolution"....
CONDITION: Near Fine in Good Plus jacket; no names, clean and straight; in rubbed, darkening jacket with moderate edgewear all around but little loss of paper; unclipped 2.00.#18840
New York: William Morrow, 1946 1st printing of this book; in paper boards with all around painting of dogs escaping from a pet shop and running along a street; not spiral bound; map fixed endpapers and no free endpapers as issued, six card dogs are stored in the Firehouse and fit in their dog beds; oblong 9.25x6.4 inches; np.
This is the original version of the Polygraphic Company's Puppy Play House, a binding very liable to damage. A lovely copy.
CONDITION: Near Fine in Very Good Plus jacket; no names, a little foxing, all dogs in unusually nice shape and beds and firehouse with no tears, a little spine end rubbing, pages are rumpled because of the thickness of the dogs, as always; in nice dw with half inch closed tear;unclipped 1.50.#19051
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.
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
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