CAT 22 A Older Books 1920's & before.

Older picture books and juvenile literature from the early 19th c to the 1920's.
The Nurse's Rhyme Book, (Thomas Trueman)

The Nurse's Rhyme Book, (Thomas Trueman)

143 Rhymes. Taken together with the volume published in the previous year by Zeiger they comprise "all that is valuable in this particular department of juvenile literature." Most are one or two to a page with varied decorative borders and lovely small engravings. Some longer ballads and many unfamiliar rhymes and variants here. The later Smith editions are in World Cat, but this, presumably first, edition is not.

$550.00

 

Old Garden. Deland/Walter Crane, ill. Houghton Mifflin 1894 1st US thus illus.

The Old Garden and other verses.

A lovely gift book, beautifully designed and drawn with delicate fairies, flowers, and wistful ladies. Note: This book has been sold.

$90.00

 

Hilda and her Doll.

Hilda and her Doll.

Hilda played happily in her Greneda, 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.

$45.00

 

21602 A Child's Garden of Verses by Stevenson, Ch Robinson, Ill.

A Child's Garden of Verses.

A full collection, with the Child's Garden, the Child Alone, Garden Days, and all the Envoys, including To Auntie.... What did the other children do/And what were childhood, wanting you?" Over 100 delicate illustrations spread liberally throughout the front matter and text. A later gift edition of C. Robinson's first fully illustrated book, published when he was only 25 years old, and well received on both sides of the Atlantic.

$285.00

 

21598 My Land and Water Friends by Bamford, illust Bridgman.

My Land and Water Friends.

Nineteen chapters with titles like "A Grasshopper's Remarks", chatty observations by the animals on their lives and relatives, filled with small, less fanciful, drawings. By an Oakland, California author of numerous books about natural science and history for children, this book being her first.
Note: This book has been sold.

$50.00

 

21596 Travels into Several Remote Nations (Gulliver's Travels) by Swift.

Travels into Several Remote Nations of the World.

Children have taken Lilliput, Brobdingnag, and the Houyhnhnms as their own for several centuries: for them it is an imaginative and entertaining collection of travel voyages. The vague little maps, usually omitted from children's versions, add interest to this 18th c reprint. A nice special gift.

$475.00

 

21595 Keeper in Search of His Master by Kendall.

Keeper in Search of His Master.

On market-day, Keeper was distracted by a basket of fowls. His master was out of sight "before our dog could persuade himself to leave the favourite objects of his allurement." Through his many dangerous adventures, Keeper remains determined to be reunited with his Master. Minus the long poems and some of the philosophical ramblings, this is a wonderful tale, with the moral directed more at dogs than at children! Keeper remained in print during the next century and is often considered the first children's dog story. This is a charming little copy of the book, bright, supple, and pleasant to read, printed a few years before Elizabeth Newbery sold the firm to John Harris. Since Harris was her manager at the time this book was published, we'd like to think his later preference for entertaining and interesting children's literature can be seen in Keeper.

$425.00

 

21466 Where Was the Little White Dog? by Johnson.

Where Was the Little White Dog?

A very sweet continuous story of a little white dog, perhaps some kind of terrier, who went along on a visit to Grandfather's farm with Fred and then got lost. Each of the 12 chapters telling of his adventures has an illustrated half title and small decorations and illustrations with 3-5 detailed little rebus drawings in text as well. Nice animal illustrations by a turn of the century artist and illustrator, (not the famous animal illustrator Margaret S. Johnson, who would have been 8 years old in 1901.)
Please click on individual pictures to see the fine detail.

$80.00

 

29590 Graphic Pictures by Caldecott

Caldecott's "Graphic" Pictures.

Randolph Caldecott's work for the "Graphic" magazine covered sports and funny little stories of English, mostly rural, life, as well as articles on his travels, (a marvellous analysis of how the French are able to make the awkward bathing of the time look elegant!) A children's book person is accustomed to Caldecott's view of a romantic English past, and this glimpse into his view of his contemporaries is just delightful. We'd expect the graceful movement and genial good nature shown here, but Caldecott's writing is a happy surprise. He's very funny, always perceptive, never cruel.

$225.00

 

21472 Wies im Hause Geht by Lechler, Oscar Pletsch ill.

Wie's im Hause Geht.

A collection of stories by different authors. With stunning lithos and little drawings in text of domestic life. NOTE: This book has been SOLD.

$125.00

 

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