Boxed Gift Books

Children's books in boxes, often published thus without jackets. Boxes range from sturdy to fragile... we look for nice ones.

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

Note: This book has been sold.
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!

No publisher information, circa 1940's, a hanky panorama. This book was made by folding a large sheet in half, and then sixths. (Printer folded this sheet inaccurately see jpgs) Six panels make the train on one side; on the other side, on the first panel, the front cover/title page with red-cheeked Bobby and Jane in a wagon, followed by four other plain panels which only serve to hold the hankies in place, and last, the back cover panel with the two children home again. The center four train pages have die cut openings for the train windows through which the hankies' pictures can be seen; book is 7 3/8" sq.".
CONDITION: Very Good with Fine hankies in Good box; no names or other marks, hankies appear never to have been removed and are fresh and clean, book has some rubbing to "spines" but panels are bright, clean and unwrinkled; the plain back side has a few 1/4" tears on hanky inserts; the box is complete and strong but with splits glued shut and a pen mark on the bottom, very rubbed edges and 3 splits with taped repair on the top as well as a large but inconspicuous pull tear.
The White Elephant by Faulkner, Frederick Richardson, ill. Volland 1929 1st. Box
Faulkner, Georgene., reteller.
/Frederick Richardson, illustrator

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.

Joliet, Illinois: The P. F. Volland Company, 1929, 1st, one of the Volland Fairy Stories, pictorial paper boards with white elephant caparisoned in red ornaments; endpapers with running jungle animals, endpapers, boards and all plates have delicate floral borders, black cloth spine, in black box with same illustration as boards, with slip advertising "Dandy Gander" (1928) laid in; 6x9.25"; 92 pp. + list of series.
CONDITION: Fine in Very Good box; no names or other marks, straight and crisp, as new; in box with nice bottom half, soiled on back; the somewhat faded lid has rubs on tips and one repaired corner/2" split.
20318 The Turned-Intos by Gordon.
Gordon, Elizabeth.
/Janet Laura Scott, illustrator.

Jane Elizabeth explores the garden and meets those creatures who morph into a new form... butterflies, etc. Lovely pictures.

Chicago: P. F. Volland Company, 1930/1920, 18th printing, grey boards with orange spine and Princess Tiger Swallow Tale amid flowers, butterfly and elf riding a cricket; 18 stories, each with a full page illustration and little coloured paintings in text; list of Volland Sunny and Nature books; np.
CONDITION: Near Fine in Good Plus box; neat name and 1930 date on half title, no other marks, straight, clean, and very tight, clean; in a slightly faded box with rubbed edges, narrow sticker tear in top corner, one side split and corner splits, 2 splits have been mended with non-archival tape on the outside which looks ok for now but will yellow; still straight and strong (sturdy for a Volland box).