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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

 

20359 Bobtail Puppy Book by Cecil Aldin.

The Bobtail Puppy Book.

An introduction by the Puppy reveals his unease about his docked tail. In the following 11 "chapters", The Lambkin Laughs, The Cat Laughs, all his friends tease him, too. Each "chapter" contains a half title with a drawing, opening to a coloured painting of Puppy and his friend in greys, reds, dark browns, and yellow ochres, with black outlines on grey paper, the puppy's poem facing. In the last chapter, the Bob-Tail Puppy decides to solve the teasing by sitting down. Wonderful illustrations of this funny grey and white puppy, frequently reproduced. Due to the complexities of publishing imprints, Henry Frowde's children's books became Humphrey Milford's in the late teens, so this is a later printing rather than a reprint house printing. Heavy, original dimensions, with very nice colour quality. A scarce Aldin Puppy title.

$285.00

 

21893 Bobby and Jane Hurry Through the Rain to Make a Trip on the Hanky Train.

Bobby and Jane Hurry Through the Rain...

Happy Holidays!! In a decorated box with all hankies untouched: Bright primary colours with an almost Czech folkloric feel: the entire book is bordered in red scallops and the train runs along a blue track.

Each car: the Engine, the Hanky Limited, Parlor, Diner, Sleeper, Reserved and Baggage/Mail, has a different design around the windows and stamped on the wheels and roof. Each panel has a cheery poem and a little bird or duck or mouse offering side comments on the action.

The hankies have a more typical l940's/50's US "vintage" style, picturing animals and children and leaning toward blue and yellow, in inexpensive sized cotton. The box is decorated with little figures in primary colours of animals and toys.  

All is designed to make a child feel adventurous, safe, and happy. The yellow and green striped caboose bears letter banners saying Home Sweet Home and the text reads
"Hey Bobby, Oh Jane, get off the train.
The rooster shouts again and again
Mother and Daddy are waiting for you
Take the six Hankies and Good By, you two!

$275.00

 

20178 Toys At Play by Reid photos by Waite. Marshall Fields.

Toys at Play.

It's 1937, in the midst of the Great Depression. As the Children drowsily wait for their mother to finish shopping, they think about what they want for Christmas, and the toys in Marshall Fields begin to come alive. There must be about 50 dolls and toys in this books, all caught by the photographer in the midst of their play. Very bright colours. Sturdy enough for a modern child, of interest to a toy and doll collector.

$110.00

 

20420 Christmas Book House

My Book House, Christmas House.

A very charming green Christmas Book House, made of wood, with book spines decorated with lighted windows and Christmas Trees in gilt, green, shaped plates with yellow and red, and colourful margin decorations in yellow and red on the top boards. The house is the usual one with the dormer in front, but only one chimney and also with a set of red steps leading to the Travelships, which are placed in the center. It may have come with three separate wooden trees as well, according to the photographed ad in Dorothy Loring Taylor's reference, page 100.

$1,400.00

 

19825 The Child's Black Beauty by Sewell

The Child's Black Beauty: rewritten for children.

Really nice colored illustrations. The cover illustration, repeated within, seems to be from John Beer drawing of a Jorrock's 1894 version, a lovely drawing of a horse, widely used in republications. (I think they have changed the tail!). It is difficult to date these Graham booklet series without owner inscriptions, but this date seems to be the consensus for the Mother Goose series; background on the front is the same as the Childland series, on the back different. Only the beautiful condition of this book makes the date suspect.

$95.00

 

21908 Parabaik Myanmar Burma Tattoo Pattern Book

Parabaik Myanmar Burma Folding Tattoo Pattern Book

Parabaiks like these were produced as sample tattoo books. From the British museum, manuscript similar to ours: "The manuscript is a digest of tattoo designs for a potential client to choose from, and would have been used by the tattooer to advertise his range of work." The traditional tattoos had religious or magical powers and both protected the wearer and gave him strength.

This book has 27 different tattoos, black outlined coloured drawings surrounded by text, some on double spreads and some single pages: elephants brandishing swords, goddesses riding tigers, magical birds, and creatures bearing magic squares and circles, fish, chicken headed snakes, and circles of lizards and many animals with human or goddess heads.

Yes, this is a strange book for a children's site, but in fact it was sold to us as a "Victorian colouring book" (true!)

$1,250.00

 

20416 Sweet Girl Goldie by Humphrey.

Sweet Girl Goldie, a wonder story of butterfly time.

A quiet brown butterfly conceals beautiful bright lithos within of Sweet Girl Goldie and her adventures. Effusively written, but just barely a fantasy. When the little girl "rescues" her uncle's butterfly specimens and takes them out to live on the flowers, their dry bodies fall on the ground. Thinking Goldie meant harm, the Queen Butterfly calls her subjects, who seize the golden strands of the little girl's hair. But her uncle explains that he is the culprit, and from then on the butterflies flock lovingly around Goldie wherever she walks. Elizabeth Bullock Humphrey (1841 - 1889) was a noted card designer for Prang and the author/artist of several books, including Western Americana. Her child models, probably including Girl Goldie, came from her home village of Hopedale, Massachusetts. Prang mounted a retrospective and issued a book in her name after her death..

$500.00

 

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

 

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

 

21514 A Room Made of Windows by Cameron, ill Hyman.

A Room Made of Windows.

Julia becomes a writer, looking out from her special room. A wonderful evocation of earlier times in Berkeley. The first Julia Redfern book as written although placed in time at the center of this excellent series.

$85.00

 

19775 Traveler in Time by Uttley, ill Christine Price.

Traveler in Time.

Penelope comes to the Thackers, home for generations to the Babington family and their farmers and servants, the Taberners. She alone, a descendent of the Taberners, is sensitive to the people who have lived in the old house before. She bears the lives of both times, shifting back and forth from Elizabethan days to the present. Beautiful writing, by a woman whose ancestors also lived and farmed for many generations in the Derbyshire.

$85.00

 

19765 Who Stole the Bird's Nest, Prang publishers.

Who Stole the Bird's Nest?

Though this lovely lithographed strip would stand just as decoration, it tells a story as well: First the yellow breast discovers her eggs and nest are missing, then she goes from animal to animal asking about her nest, then the birds and animals converge on the school demanding justice, and Mary Green and Alice Neal sympathize. But "a little boy hung down his head/and went and hid behind the bed/for HE stole that pretty nest/ From poor little yellow breast! And he felt so full of shame/He didn't like to tell his name.... No adult moralizing here at all. There were six little books in this series that were also published together in a box as the Christmas Stocking Library.

$325.00

 

21905. (The Song of Wise Oleg.) Pesn o veschem Olege

(The Song of Wise Oleg.) Pesn o veschem Olege

On the centenary of his birth, Pushkin's  "small masterpiece" Oleg the Wise was illustrated by the Russian artist Vasnetsov, who had turned from genre and religious paintings to Russian myths and fairy tales.

The brave 10th c prince Oleg the Wise hears of his doom from a scornful wizard. Fearing the prophecy that his horse will bring about his death, Oleg sadly puts his beloved horse out to pasture, "Forget me not old friend. Farewell!" and he continues on with his brilliant career. Years later, he learns that his horse has died so that having followed the prophecy seems to have been useless. As he gently touches the horse's skull, a snake shoots out and poisons him. His companions sing the praise "of him whom death had brought to naught." A touching horse story in Pushkin's telling, as well as a philosophical hero tale, with a beautiful stocky white horse, long-maned with a knotted forelock.

Included is a 1988 full sized facsimile reproduction of the English translation booklet provided by Mme Pogosky's Depot for Russian Peasant Industries, and turned into English verse very early in his career by the poet Wilfred Wilson Gibson, with her title page and with a two page modern afterword by V. Golenishchev on Pushkin and on Vasnetsov's illustrations. (190th anniversary of Pushkin's birth)

$1,200.00

 

21517 Little Blue and Little Yellow by Lionni.

Little Blue and Little Yellow.

Lionni's first book for children, created for his own grandchildren, when he was a well established artist and designer. Told with few words, little torn paper dots become friends.

$225.00

 

21580 AdventuresofBeWeetheGnome by Grozier, ill Lilian Govey.

The Adventures of Be-Wee the Gnome.

Five stories originally published in England, centering around Be-wee, the little bee-gnome. " 'I believe the Crow-Bat was joking,' " said Wee Careful Toad. But the Tousle Bush said nothing." The writing is in the style of the 20's, with imaginative touches. Govey's fine illustrations, beautiful clear watercolours, give an intimate glimpse into the little gnome's days and bring these stories to life. The publisher reissued this book in 1923 with the 20 plates as "The Creepie-Man and Other Stories".

$360.00

 

21321 The Valley of Color Days by Sandwell.

The Valley of Color Days.

A long fairy story by a Canadian writer, set in a valley between the Rockies and the Selkirk Mountains. The very kind fairies who watch over the valley see that the children have been ignored while their parents argue. They set about to make everyone happy again. Bright funny colour plates in the style of Charles Robinson or perhaps a cheerful Harry Clarke. SIGNED and briefly INSCRIBED by Helen Sandwell at Invermere BC, 1924

$75.00

 

19515 Dusty for Speed (Whippet) by Frances and Winthrop Neilson.

Dusty for Speed. (Whippet)

How Dusty comes to the rescue of the kind family who has adopted her. Based on the authors' own golden whippet "with the grace of a deer and the speed of the flying wind."

$160.00

 

21457 Brim's Boat by Gaunt

Brim's Boat.

"In a valley deserted by human beings, Brim, the terrier finds an old half-built barge." Though it takes persistence and the support of his friends to build and sail the barge, Brim holds on to his dream. A fine story which should be better known.

$35.00

 

21445 The Court of the Stone Children by Cameron.

The Court of the Stone Children.

Cameron weaves the Napoleonic past with San Francisco of the present in a lovely and gripping American fantasy.

$75.00

 

The Little Good People by Kathleen Foyle, Peter Frazer, ill.

The Little Good People.

Twenty-two Irish legends collected by Kathleen Foyle

$30.00

 

19835 Silver Snaffles by Cumming.

Silver Snaffles: a Story of a Shetland Pony.

Jenny, a little girl who longs for a pony, and Tattles, the son of an elegant hunter who pulls a junk cart, both walk through The Dark Corner of the stable to fulfill their dreams at the Extraordinary Riding School. (password: Silver Snaffles) This school is run by the ponies themselves, who are superb instructors: in one week Jenny is able to ride off on to rescue a pony from the snobbish Jostlepots and take part in a glorious hunt ! A classic, gentle fantasy, not just for pony book lovers.

$195.00

 

14512 Stones of Green Knowe by Boston

The Stones of Green Knowe.

As Roger, a boy of Saxon and Norman heritage, watches the new stone manor house being built to replace their old wooden Saxon Hall, ancient Stone magic allows him to travel backward and foreword through time.

$115.00

 

9861 The Firelings by Carol Kendall.

The Firelings.

The Firelings have learned not to question their lives, which are ruled by ancient laws and the rumbling volcano on which their village is built. When another eruption threatens, children take action.

$45.00

 

The Snarkout Boys & the Avocado of Death.

The Snarkout Boys & the Avocado of Death.

With coveted "Leonard Prize for Literature" sticker! A very funny, surreal book that's a bit hard to summarize.

$80.00

 

The Jingle Bell Book, McLoughlin Bros.

The Jingle Bell Book.

Ding Dong Bell; There Was an Old Man Who Said Well; Ride a cock-horse, Oh, Who is So Merry, So Merry, Heigh Ho!; Mary, Mary; Oh, Ring the Bells! For this fair time of Maying; The Wedding Bells were Ringing; Twinkle, Twinkle, little Star; Over the River and Through the Wood; I heard the Bells on Christmas Day; Ring out the Old, Ring in the New; Real Jingle Bells. Quite a noisy and jolly book to read aloud!.

$95.00

 

20098 The Peek-a-Boos At School by Byron, Chloe Preston ill.

The Peek-a-Boos At School.

Here Jane, Kenneth, and Algernon with assorted smuggled pets and goodies are sent away to Boarding School. Jane refuses to take 2 from 7.... "Why can't I leave it where it is?" and no one wants to weave silly mats. This McLoughlin publication is simpler, with American references, and 6, not 8, coloured illustrations with the register is a bit off on some. That said, May Byron and Chloe Preston make wonderfully funny team!

$42.00

 

21437 Playtime Whitman2932 Mallet ill

Playtime.

Cute details in these paintings of round faced children, somewhat like Chloe Preston's children but without that wild self-confidence. In view of the mouths and the three upright eyelashes, these paintings are almost certainly by Beatrice Fox Mallet, an English artist who married the French humorist artist Herve Mallet in 1919. Little stories on each page in attractive calligraphy tell of the children's daily occupations: reading, gardening, blowing bubbles.

$225.00

 

The Jessie Willcox Smith Mother Goose:(first issue of first (large) edition)

The Jessie Willcox Smith Mother Goose.

A real treasure, which has been read and cared for. Catherine Patricia Bray has very carefully lettered her name and the date, Dec. 25, 1914, with black and red ink in deco style. Her light pencil guidelines are still evident.

$600.00

 

20179 AnimalLandontheAir by Frees, photos.

Animal Land on the Air.

A series of very short intertwined stories, bringing radio, motorcars, and planes into Animal Land, and beginning with A Young Matron, thinking sadly of her husband, Archingback Stripes, reported missing in action in World War I, we presume. Frees has written an interesting preface on animal photography: most suitable are kittens from six to ten weeks of age, as their attention is caught by sight, while a puppy's is distracted by sound. [White 745]

$275.00

 

20105 Karlsson-on-the-Roof by LIndgren, ill Jan Pyk.

Karlsson on-the-Roof.

A marvelously funny story about a fat little man with a sort of helicopter attachment on his back who lives on Eric's roof in Stockholm and states unequivocally that he is real. (He is.) Illustrated with heavier line than the first English edition.

$120.00

 

The White Elephant by Faulkner, Frederick Richardson, ill. Volland 1929 1st. Box

The White Elephant and Other Tales from India.

Stories taken from various sources and originally broadcast by the "Radio Lady", which read smoothly. Her introduction gives children further books to explore and introduces them to comparative folklore. The illustrations are beautiful: full color plates inspired by Mughal painting, each facing a decorated caption, and others in black and white. (Since all Volland paper was "plate" quality, the colour and b/w could be printed on either side of the sheet.)

The stories are: The White Elephant, The Grain of Corn, The Timid Little Rabbit, Singh Raja and the Cunning Little Jackals, The Kingdom of Mouseland, The Alligator and the Jackal, The Bold Blackbird, The Kid and the Tiger, The Brahmin and the Tiger, The Bear's Bad Bargain, The Man Who Rode a Tiger.

$250.00

 

19788 J. N. Adam and Company The Store with the Christmas Spirit.

J. N. Adam and Company - Christmas

Jolly Old Santa filled up his sled, "Now I must hurry to Buffalo," he said. A Christmas gift from a famous old Buffalo department store, "The Store with the Christmas Spirit." founded in 1881, closed in 1960. On the front, Santa gazes at a toy clown he has just painted. The artwork looks circa 1900 to 1930. Brementown, Aesop, and 'Twas the Night Before Xmas and activities inside. Nice

$45.00

 

21465 The Lion's Story by Johnson.

The Lion's Own Story.

Unfortunately for this bookseller, this copy is too tight to read! "..her lion is no Pooh. A tougher-minded, more unsentimental stuffed beast it would be hard to find." NY Herald Tribune. "Ellen's bewitching logic and sophistication and her range of activity with the lion seem completely unforced." Horn Book.

$85.00

 

Animal Lore and Disorder, over 200 Animals! A Riddle Book.

Animal Lore and Disorder.

Each page is split in two so that on each spread the rather Seuss-like pictures of  "real" animals can be divided, and their names and written descriptions scrambled, forming new creations with odd names and histories. NOTE: THIS BOOK HAS BEEN SOLD.

$65.00