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London: Bancroft & Co., Westminster Books, #124; (1940's?) printed in Holland, a yellow board book with eight interior pages, 7.25x5.5"
Rover, a friendly sort of black and white terrier, gets in the way wherever he plays in the house, but when he goes for a walk with Betty and John, he rescues Dolly from the pond. Very attractive bright interiors, probably created as well as printed in Holland.
CONDITION: Very Good; well bound, light even darkening to yellow boards, interior fresh and bright.#17582
Collins 1975/1967. Full colour pictorial all round reinforced binding; 143 pp.
The experiences of Polly Sumner, a French fashion doll in Boston during the American Revolution who once brought a note to Paul Revere and is now residing in the Old State House. Miss Boutwell, a children's librarian, came from an old NE family.
CONDITION: Fine without jacket; appears unread.#9263
New York: Robert M. McBride & Company, 1929, 1st, stated First Published August 1929; illustrated paper boards over red cloth spine, featuring white china dog (Staffordshire) sitting on magenta cushion, with yellow curtain and magenta spotted wallpaper behind him, teal shadows, black and grey titles, plain bottom board and endpapers, several full page and in text illustrations with these colors and primary green, blue, or red added; 9.3x12.3"
How a little Staffordshire dog finds his true master and home, with plays along the way from the toyshop to the home of the charwoman's son. Large flat pictures in beautiful colours.
CONDITION: Good Minus; traces of small erased name and bookplate removal on ffep, soiled boards very worn all around to card, spot and pull tear on back, interior clean and bright, without marks or wrinkles, except for one loose plate, neatly reinserted but missing half inch off the bottom. MEDIA MAIL OUT STANDARD RATE, CONTACT US FOR PRIORITY, LARGE BOOK.#19420
London: Franklin Watts, Julia MacRae, 1987, 1st printing; in red jacket with dolls' house seen through a door;121 pp
During the dolls' banishment to the wash house, they while away the endless time by staying put and telling their stories. At last the children, grown up and understanding the meaning of the doll's house, discover it again.
CONDITION: Fine in Fine jacket; as new; unclipped 7.95.#16254
London: Macmillan, 1983, 1st printing this collection, (1955-1960); coloured plates, 137 pp.
Impunity Jane, The Fairy Doll, The Story of Holly and Ivy, Candy Floss. Coloured plates and numerous black and white drawings by Baynes. A nice opportunity to have all these books, by a well known illustrator.
CONDITION: Very Good with Very Good jacket; gift inscription, erasure front endpaper, paper boards rubbed on bottom edge, in jacket with 1.5" wrinkled tear at top; unclipped 5.95 pounds.#13264
Joliet, Illinois: P. F. Volland Company, (1928) nap, [VHC #2 format, 1928 - 1932, printing cannot be determined, title list does not mention this book, probably an early reprint]; illustrated paper boards front and back, visible black cloth spine, coloured endpapers reversed; 95 pp followed by ad, with leaflet advertizing 45th edition of Raggedy Ann Stories laid in; in gift box with same design.
The Deep, Deep Woods holds adventures with witches and magicians for Raggedy Ann and Andy. Created by Gruelle from his syndicated cartoon of May and June,1923.
CONDITION: Near Fine in Very Good Minus box; 1930 gift inscription, tiny rubs to extremes, otherwise the book is without flaw, with sharp corners, and very clean covers and pages, in sturdy box with no soil or splits, but with damage to the black paper onlay, including 1/2" pull tear to card on crease; very scuffed corners.#19459
New York Chicago Toronto Boston: P. F. Volland Company, (1924), Seventeenth edition (printing), [VCH #1 format, Hall; not Joliet, probably 1925]; floral patterned paper boards and spine with large orange panel and Raggedy Anne and Andy with the camel; in teal box with border of the floral design and same illustration; 6.25x9.25"; np.
"According to Gruelle, the idea for a camel character came from a cloth toy purchased for his children. When Gruelle removed dangerously sharp leg skewers and plopped the stuffed camel down on a table, its knees crumpled and a new character was born." Patricia Hall, Raggedy Ann and Johnny Gruelle (2001)
CONDITION: Near Fine book in Very Good box; book has 1925 gift inscription, otherwise no flaws at all, brilliant colour, sharp corners, clean top edge, never shelved; box has one crack starting on a side, corners strong and intact but creases and corners quite scuffed, illustration nice, small oval stamp from "Tribe of 'K"" in Gary, Indiana on the back, a company that made postcards and probably also sold these books.#19387
Joliet, Illinois: The P. F. Volland Company, (1931), 1st or early printing, nap; [1931-1934] cannot be determined in VHC #2 Format; visible blue cloth spine, illustrated paper boards front and back, coloured endpapers reversed; 95 pp followed by ad for Raggedy Ann Books and Dolls, 9 1/4"x 6 1/8" in gift box with same design on lid, white bottom..
... they finally lit with a soft blump upon the bottom. The bottom of what? That was just what Raggedy Ann wished to know. "Where are we, Raggedy Andy?" she laughed "I guess we are at the bottom" Raggedy Andy replied. So begins an adventure, in which the dolls meet Little Weakie, Mr. and Mrs. Cookie, the Snitznoodle, the inflatable Hungry Howloon, and the ill-tempered Hookie the Goblin. Gruelle created this book from his October and December 1923 series, United Features Syndicate.
CONDITION: Very Good Plus in Very Good box; no names or other marks, straight, tight, with clean pages, a few light finger marks on yellow of bottom board, not visible in jpg, sharp corners with tiny rubs to bottom corners only, in box with square, intact corners, two side splits, a little rubbing on corner tips and edges, thin stain upper corner; price at issuance was 1.25 and it appears in small, light pencil script on the bottom box.#19460
Holme, C. Geoffrey./photos, 12 colour plates, illustrator.
London: Studio, 1932, 1st printing. 8.3x11.6, 128 pp.
An endlessly fascinating 'photograph album' of children's toys and dolls from private collections and museums throughout Europe, about 260 photographs in all. Twelve additional plates of coloured drawings and a dramatic magenta, yellow, and green jacket.
CONDITION: Very Good Plus in Very Good jacket; a lovely copy, very clean, only flaw is a tear in the margin of the spine bottom, which we have tacked for protection, in dw with 1/4" chip from bottom of spine, darkening and lt soil to white back.#6302
Wein Vienna: Verlag Jungbrunnen, (1964); in German; red cloth spine, turquoise bottom board, deep blue top board with Bimbulli sailing with his chicken under a straw hat and bright flowers on the shore; endpapers with clear pictorial directions for making your own Bimbulli handkerchief doll, bright coloured pictures on every other spread,18x23 cm; np.
Because the sides are folded back under, the corners threaded through holes for hands, and the back sewn, you could quickly stuff the handkerchief body of this doll as well as the head! Then kind Bimbulli saves all his animal friends from drowning! A nice present.
CONDITION: Very Good Plus; tiny owner initials, a very slight warp evident when face down, foxed on top edge, very small lamination lift on edge else as new.#17179
Lothrop, Lee, & Shepard, 1951, 1st printing trade nap; red cloth backed paper boards with watercolour of Flora in her nightdress finding the baby, in jacket identical to boards, 5.75x6.75; np.
Flora McFlimsey is feeling lonely on New Year's Eve. Everyone else is at a party but Flora and her cat weren't invited. Then she finds a little baby on the doorstep, and feeds him and rocks him until 12 midnight, when...
CONDITION: Near Fine in Very Good jacket; binding slanted 1/16"; all else clean, unwrinkled, unrubbed and straight; in jacket with 1" pale pink stain in middle of light blue-grey back, dark spot, edges rubbed, 1/2" closed tear, tiny rubs to extrems; unclipped 1.00.#17579
New York: Thomas Y. Crowell, 1968, 1st printing (alternate copy rights pasted in by publisher, over Crowell's imprint stating first edition as well); grey cloth boards with koala and child, in bronze jacket with wrap-around illustration of a little girl gazing into her doll carriage; 7.9x10.2; np.
A tender little girl learns from the care mother animals show their young and thinks about being a mother. Jacket&the title page lead to the first page: "Like a mother hen, I would wish to have many children and have them play all around me..."
CONDITION: Near Fine in Near Fine jacket; slight bump to top corner tip, in unusually lovely jacket slightly darkened on light area of spine; unclipped 3.95.#17479
Cleveland: The World Publishing Company, Rainbow Playbooks, 1946, stated 1st published September, 1946; illustrated boards of the outside of the house, showing little girl coming through door, in pink and blue with yellow flowers, bound by dark blue interior plastic comb, in jacket identical to boards; 9x10.5 inches; title page, each spread represents a room with movables on the left and a let-down floor on the right, which holds the cut outs: Kitchen; Dining Room; Parlor; Bedroom; inside of boards are Front Hall.
CONDITION: Very Good in Very Good jacket; no names or other marks, boards amazingly clean and bright, two half inch cracks in spine fold; pieces are all neatly cut out and accurately folded, all present except two empty slots on DR table, which used to hold cups, and also little birds (S/P shakers?); neat tape on inside of legs of one chair and glue traces on tabs; corners and some other spots on jacket are rubbed, half inch closed tear.#19173
Tokyo: Toto Shuppan Company, no date, (ca 1940's) red paper boards; in jacket with coloured photos of dolls; 14.75x10.25; paper patterns tipped in and loose tissue guard; np.
Gives illustrations of dolls with historic costume and then step by step instructions in how to make paper dolls, eggshell dolls, and a traditional Wisteria doll, with materials which may be purchased from the Ozawa doll school in Tokyo.
CONDITION: Poor in jacket; book is actually disbound but it held quite firmly by thickly laminated dustjacket (amateur job) attached to boards, laminated dustjacket is lightly edgeworn with closed 5" tear and several other tears and rubs; the pattern is in very nice condition. It is folded and four times the jpg shown, with just a tiny corner tear where someone has tried to unfold it without untacking it from the book: certainly not used and probably never opened up.#17360
London: Griffith and Farran and New York: E. P. Dutton (Dutton ads bound in) 1883/1881 US printing; red boards with black decorative stamping and a picture of Hilda reading in her outdoor school bower, yellow endpapers, 5x7.5"; 160 pp + 16 pages of ads. I assume this is a second printing because the first, at U of Ohio, was stamped in gilt, black,and red on blue cloth whereas this is stamped in gilt and black only. It also has these letters at the end 3M-3/83 -S.
Hilda played happily in her Granada, West Indies home, unaware that she was soon to be sent thousands of miles away, to France, to school. Her father felt the experience of "finding her level" would be good for her character, but for a long time she was miserable at school. Her classmates teased her for the wonderful gift her nurse had given her, a beautiful handmade West Indian doll. The international flavour of this book keeps it from being a Sunday School tract.
CONDITION: Very Good; 20th c bookplate, boards bright, spine a bit dull, corners bumped, a little soil on back, opens loosely, & rear hinge cracked, clean.#17730