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22469 Frisk and his Flock, Mrs Sanford 1877/1876
22476 Reward of Merit four cards Greenaway
20075 The Crimson Fairy Book, A. Lang, H. J. Ford Illus, Longmans 1st printing
22355 The Princess and the Goblin, MacDonald, F.D. Bedford,
22466 River-land, R.W.Chambers, E.Shippen Green, ill.
22470 Beautiful Joe, Saunders, Copeland illus, later reprint.
22484 Our Dogs F. T. Barton [1911]
22195 Willie P. Shelton's Books, homemade spines and stitches.
2200 0Der Gartentraum, Ernst Kreidolf, Schaffstein 1911. 1st printing.
22093 Nouveaux Contes de Fees Mme la Comtesse de Segur.
22481 Drawing for Children 1875/1830's
22266 Gute Freundschaft, Oscar Pletsch, illus. later printing c 1900
22472 The Habits of Rabbits.Kahl. 1st printing, SIGNED.
The Cat in the Hat Houghton Mifflin Educational salesman's sample, early.
20122 Angus and the Ducks, Marjorie Flack, c. 1946/1930.
22498 Crickets and Frogs by Gabriela Mistral. Bilingual book.
16485 Stevie, John Steptoe 1965
Thoroughbreds, written and illustrated by C. W. Anderson. Macmillan 1942, 1st pr
22471 Away Went Wolfgang, Kahl. 1st printing, SIGNED in Salzburg, first book
22437 Lenski Making of a Picture Book 331/3 Record
22480 Golden Book for our Children, Bozhinov, illus..Bulgaria,1st (Zlatna kniga)
22299 Das Marlein von den drei Schneiderlein  Anna Bohm, Richard Schaupp ill.
21974 De Bruilloft von Kloris en Roosje, Freddie Langeler, ill, [1927].
22085 Un tout petit conchon Adrienne Segur. 1946
21908 Parabaik Myanmar Burma Tattoo Pattern Book
22482 Merry-Go-Round, panorama, Doris Stolberg. 1944
22183 The Snowman Peggy Cloth Book 102, 1959
22263 Bayard, Pierre Belves, illus.,Pere Castor Panorama. 1946
22076 The Chestry Oak, Kate Seredy, Viking 1948, 1st,
22213 Black Fox of Lorne by Marguerite de Angeli, Doubleday, 1956 1st.
22115 Beyond the Blue Mountains L. T. Meade Cassell 1910/1893
22214 No Boats on Bannermere G.Trease, R. Kennedy, ill., 5th printing.
22093 Nouveaux Contes de Fees Mme la Comtesse de Segur.

Nouveaux Contes de Fées. Mme la comtesse de Ségur.

A beautiful copy of stories first told to her grandchildren. These were intended to entertain children 4 to 8 years old, and sought by Louis Hachette to be part of his scheme of a line of books to be sold at railway kiosks for reading on the train. This and our Perrault Contes de Fées #22079, from the estate of children's playwright Maryfrank Gardener, for 110.00, make a lovely set.

$65.00

 

22195 Willie P. Shelton's Books, homemade spines and stitches.

Willie P. Shelton's Books, A little boy's library 1870s.

A little child's library, much loved and all in absolutely terrible condition. Clearly Bad Boy Bob was Willie's favorite! And no wonder. Note the glasses Willie has added to all the boys in the center spread. Someone, perhaps Willie's sister, has attempted to repair the damage by covering all the book spines, and even a long tear, with strips of patterned material of the day, as well as taking large orange stitches in the tears. A charming glimpse into the world of children and books almost 150 years ago. Institutional discount.

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$65.00

 

22085 Un tout petit conchon Adrienne Segur. 1946

Un tout petit cochon s'en allait à l'école. Adrienne Ségur, Paris: 1946

A fantasy told to the author by her turtle, in which the little pig Cochonnet is so embarrassed when he's called on to recite that he wants disappear. He does, visits a magical land both kind and frightening, and becomes a good student when he returns. The story inspires some of Ségur's most whimsical illustrations full of beautiful colour and detail. An amusing view of a traditional French school.

$175.00

 

20122 Angus and the Ducks, Marjorie Flack, c. 1946/1930.

Angus and the Ducks. Marjorie Flack. Later printing of the first Angus book about a VERY curious Scottie puppy..

Angus, a little Scottish terrier who is still all head and feet, pushes his luck with his duck neighbors, and then races to hide under a sofa. "For exactly THREE MINUTES by the clock, Angus was NOT curious at all." The first of classic set of five Angus books about feelings that puppies and little children share, the excitement of adventure, the security of home. Based on Flack's own dog, and true to breed! A nice copy with the original jacket design.

$55.00

 

The Cat in the Hat Houghton Mifflin Educational salesman's sample, early.

The Cat in the Hat. Houghton Mifflin.Unusual.

This copy was definitely a salesman's sample, as it comes from a collection of review copies which I acquired in 1998 from a retired educator's collection. As received, it had a Houghton Mifflin/Riverside Press educational sales representative's business card laid in. Sadly, the card has been lost since 2006 and I have given up hope of finding it, so I've decided to list the book! The rounded spine is not practical for school use: judging from other multiple signature HM copies available with identical boards, the style was probably changed. Based on Seuss' statements and other copies seen with identical boards and multiple signatures, this copy may be the January publication or simply an odd salesman's sample issue. Intense colour and beautiful condition in this copy.  Rare thus.

Seuss was encouraged to create a controlled vocabulary book by William Spaulding, Educational Director of Houghton Mifflin and an old army buddy. However, Seuss was under contract to Random House, so HM agreed to publish the educational edition, allowing Random to publish the trade edition available to the public. The HM edition was set to be published in January or February and the trade edition in March, according a letter written to Random House by Seuss. However, the educational edition of Cat in the Hat was not successful as a primer, being too dissimilar from Dick and Jane. Cat in the Hat was later included in the 20 or so "Read by Yourself" HM series, most published in the 60's. In addition to having the single signature and rounded spine, our copy has the plainer HM design on bottom board.

$3,000.00

 

22115 Beyond the Blue Mountains L. T. Meade Cassell 1910/1893

Beyond the Blue Mountains. L. T. Meade 1910/1893

Four orphans are summoned by the King to travel to his kingdom Beyond the Blue Mountains to rejoin their parents. One brother sister pair proceeds fairly quickly on the upward path, the other takes longer , succumbing to many temptations. An engaging fairytale/allegory "derived from Pilgrim's Progress but set in a flower-fairy children's world" (Bratton) and told in simple language. L. M. Meade, was a prolific Irish writer who essentially established the girls' school story.

$350.00

 

21908 Parabaik Myanmar Burma Tattoo Pattern Book

Parabaik Myanmar Burma Folding Tattoo Pattern Book, Leporello double sided 72", 27 images.

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

 

20075 The Crimson Fairy Book, A. Lang, H. J. Ford Illus, Longmans 1st printing

The Crimson Fairy Book. Longmans 1st.

In an amusing preface, the editor points out yet again that he is not the creator of these stories, as most of his readers seem to think. "Like nature, popular tales are too vast to be the creation of a single modern mind." His wife, Mrs. Lang, actually wrote the adaptations for most of them so his role has been in ferreting out the interesting and varied world wide tales of this collection.

$390.00

 

21433 Venturesome Voyage by Allen

Venturesome Voyage.

Twin orphans, brother and sister, cast adrift, sail with a shipment of humanitarian aid to Greece during the Greek War of Independence from the Ottoman Turks (1821-1832). Endless adventures ensue, the brother trying to care for his sister, and the sister always thinking up a new exciting plan (unlike the self-consciously "spunky" heroines of recent YA fiction, Phoebe is the real thing) Though they begin with the idea of grand adventure, their gradual understanding of the complexity of the situation and the suffering of the refugees, as well as the limits of their ability to care for themselves are handled truthfully, always from a child's point of view. An amusing and ultimately very touching book. SIGNED and BRIEFLY INSCRIBED by the author.

$32.00

 

19892 The Three Toymakers by Williams, ill Hughes.

The Three Toymakers

A modern folk tale of good and evil toymakers and how they prepare for a competition at the king's palace, including a talking doll and an adventure over the snowy mountains. Uncommon in this nice edition, printed on good quality paper.

$100.00

 

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