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.

$3,500.00

 

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

 

21522 The Eastern Beacon by Ray, ill. Duchesne.

The Eastern Beacon.

Two children captured and put ashore on the isles of Sullya are thought to bring bad luck and set away to keep the Eastern Beacon warning fire burning . Note that the illustrator differs from the American reprint.

$90.00

 

20707 Rolling Season by Mayne, ill Brooker.

The Rolling Season.

  • Hiram and his friends worked hard to help their village during a severe drought, but then Hiram found a magic solution from the old days, a wheel with a bell was rolled downhill.
$24.00

 

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

 

19497 Uncle Wiggily's Fortune by Garis.

Uncle Wiggily's Fortune.

A collection of 26 stories which appeared originally in the Evening News of Newark N. J., most about creatures of the forest and field. Nice bright jacket and frontis. "Uncle Wiggily Longears is the jolliest old gentleman anyone can imagine."

$65.00

 

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