cloth

You'll find linen, felt and muslin books here, also called "rag books". Early cloth books were often made of linen, which takes a fine illustration, sometimes this cloth was glued onto paper to make the page. Later cloth books were usually muslin with pinked edges. Technically, the real cloth ones could be washed, but washing removes the sizing and makes them very limp. (It is possible to iron them though.) We also include a few paper Linenette books and some Japanese crepe paper books.

19785  Toy Animal ABC small Dean's
(Dean's Rag)
/Stavert Johnstone Cash, illustrator [Cope].

A small book with attractive animals in bright colours: a wind up mouse, a Jemima Puddleduck, a carved Noah's Ark ox, a rocking horse, a googlyeyed kitten, several stuffed animals on wheels, and some others standing on squeezable platforms (noisemakers?).

Dean's Rag Book #166 republished annually from 1914 to 1927, 216x150mm, 10 pages, 8 colours.
CONDITION:Very Good Plus; no names or other marks, a few spots in lower right corner and tiny hole in spine, very clean, sizing intact, never washed.
19785
$125.00
19785  Toy Animal ABC small Dean's
(Dean's Rag)
/Stavert Johnstone Cash, illustrator [Cope].

A small book with attractive animals in bright colours: a wind up mouse, a Jemima Puddleduck, a carved Noah's Ark ox, a rocking horse, a googlyeyed kitten, several stuffed animals on wheels, and some others standing on squeezable platforms (noisemakers?).

Dean's Rag Book #166 republished annually from 1914 to 1927, 216x150mm, 10 pages, 8 colours.
CONDITION:Very Good Plus; no names or other marks, a few spots in lower right corner and tiny hole in spine, very clean, sizing intact, never washed.
19785
$125.00
Little Pets Linen ABC.
ABC (anon).
/anon, illustrator.

A first primer, with three examples of each initial letter sound in the small pictures "Quaker, Quail, Quiver" and CVC words and sentences to practice on, ending with a simple story. The front cover gives an interesting message about the value of learning to read!

New York, McLoughlin Bros., no date, (c. mid 1880's?), no number or series, 3 folded sheets making ten interior pages, front cover with young child and baby pulling on a book, another book already destroyed on the floor, and, on the back cover, a rather bizarre scene with a blonde man in Japanese costume holding a little girl in a trailing dress, the four interior alphabet pages are full colour very bright chromos perhaps inspired by earlier woodcuts, the other pages are the primer's text; on fine linen cut on straight of goods; 5.75"x8.25".
CONDITION: Good; faded, flecked front cover, small pencil initials on back and number on front corner, top corners are bent but not creased, no fraying, interior coloured pictures very bright.
17531
$40.00
Little Playmates ABC
ABC. (anon.)
/anon, illustrator.

The children in the black and white pictures with plain graphics ride bicycles and wear short, plain dresses; the coloured pictures look more like romantic Victorian productions, perhaps from Valentine stock, with lutes and sheep with ribbons and bells. A lovely full colour portrait on the front cover of a boy in knickers peering through a knothole attended by his patient dog. A funny child dressed as a man reading a newspaper on the back. All in all a nice collection of stock illustrations.

Springfield, Mass USA: McLoughlin Bros., Inc. c.1900; glazed linen, 3 sheets forming 10 interior pages; coloured paintings outside; inside, contemporary black and white spreads alternate with full coloured, decorated "old-fashioned" spreads; large 10.25x7".
CONDITION: Good Minus; no longer folds evenly, very lightly frayed (1/32"), corners creased throughout book, quite darkened with a few small stains, some flecking on margins.
17527
$45.00
Little Playmates ABC
ABC. (anon.)
/anon, illustrator.

The children in the black and white pictures with plain graphics ride bicycles and wear short, plain dresses; the coloured pictures look more like romantic Victorian productions, perhaps from Valentine stock, with lutes and sheep with ribbons and bells. A lovely full colour portrait on the front cover of a boy in knickers peering through a knothole attended by his patient dog. A funny child dressed as a man reading a newspaper on the back. All in all a nice collection of stock illustrations.

Springfield, Mass USA: McLoughlin Bros., Inc. c.1900; glazed linen, 3 sheets forming 10 interior pages; coloured paintings outside; inside, contemporary black and white spreads alternate with full coloured, decorated "old-fashioned" spreads; large 10.25x7".
CONDITION: Good Minus; no longer folds evenly, very lightly frayed (1/32"), corners creased throughout book, quite darkened with a few small stains, some flecking on margins.
17527
$45.00
22183 The Snowman Peggy Cloth Book 102, 1959
Alter, Ann Kinel.
/Mignon Bohlmann, illustrator.

A little gem. "There he stood and smiled all day. He smiled at the birds. He smiled at the Rabbit. He smiled at the boys and girls who passed him on their way to school"... but he was lonely so he made friends with the sun. "Until all that was left of him was the smile in the puddle on the ground and it kept right on smiling And Smiling And Smiling..." Sweet, amusing pictures by the artist of "Let's See the ABC" Very hard to find.

New York: Peggy Cloth-Books, Inc, Peggy Book No 102, 1959, happy snowman against blue sky on top, a happy puddle and an amazed sun on bottom, cloth doubled and stitched down, pinked edges, oblong 8.25 x 6"; 6 interior pages.
CONDITION: Very Good Plus; no names or other marks, very light soil on spine, quite rumpled but sizing remains, very white cloth, (carefully washed?).
22183
$120.00
20574 Walt Disney's A B C  cloth book
anon
Walt Disney Productions

Bright little figures and big coloured letters, with almost all the Disney figures, arranged two letters per figure (G galloping H horse = Goofy galloping on a horse.)

A Dean's Baby-safe Book, Made in Great Britain, Dean's Rag Book dog logo, no number, copyright Walt Disney Productions, [1963]; bright full colour covers, on front a bright train with characters in the open cars, on back, Y yellow dog, Z zoo yellow giraffe, inside pages are white with coloured figures and letters, 6 interior pages; oblong 7.75x8".
Good Plus; no names or marks, nice and bright, sharp pinking on top edge, lightly frayed on bottom, no wrinkles, small pale spot on top edge of fifth page and 2 other small spots, large stain on rear cover about 1" square, reaching illustration, inaccurately sewn.
20574
$65.00
21706 Baby's Own Primer, with choice pictures.
anon
.

An interesting, uncommon alphabet book and reader in bad condition, the fine coated linen allowing good printings of the nicely chosen house illustrations, and oversized syllabified print in the stories. Many dogs, hounds, a very large dog with his eyes on his mistress's cake, and a little terrier.

For Newfoundland dog lovers: "Wasn't it nice that lit-tle Bert had such a friend when he fell in-to the wa-ter? A big, shag-gy friend with long sil-ky ears, a black nose, and a great mouth ... Bru-no sprang right in too, and got him and laid him on the ground, and ran to the house af-ter Bert's folks", probably a true story!

 

Boston: D. Lothrop & Co, Publishers, Franklin and Hawley Streets, (1877) assumed reprint, maroon cloth with black titles and illustration, linen covered boards and fine linen pages; 6x8.25; n. p.
Poor, 1891 gift inscription to a baby, several names and numbers, dirty inky title page, much fraying, solid blacks seem smudged; however, most pages are clean and unmarked; chipped boards.
21706
$35.00
20574 Walt Disney's A B C  cloth book
anon
Walt Disney Productions

Bright little figures and big coloured letters, with almost all the Disney figures, arranged two letters per figure (G galloping H horse = Goofy galloping on a horse.)

A Dean's Baby-safe Book, Made in Great Britain, Dean's Rag Book dog logo, no number, copyright Walt Disney Productions, [1963]; bright full colour covers, on front a bright train with characters in the open cars, on back, Y yellow dog, Z zoo yellow giraffe, inside pages are white with coloured figures and letters, 6 interior pages; oblong 7.75x8".
Good Plus; no names or marks, nice and bright, sharp pinking on top edge, lightly frayed on bottom, no wrinkles, small pale spot on top edge of fifth page and 2 other small spots, large stain on rear cover about 1" square, reaching illustration, inaccurately sewn.
20574
$65.00
21706 Baby's Own Primer, with choice pictures.
anon
.

An interesting, uncommon alphabet book and reader in bad condition, the fine coated linen allowing good printings of the nicely chosen house illustrations, and oversized syllabified print in the stories. Many dogs, hounds, a very large dog with his eyes on his mistress's cake, and a little terrier.

For Newfoundland dog lovers: "Wasn't it nice that lit-tle Bert had such a friend when he fell in-to the wa-ter? A big, shag-gy friend with long sil-ky ears, a black nose, and a great mouth ... Bru-no sprang right in too, and got him and laid him on the ground, and ran to the house af-ter Bert's folks", probably a true story!

 

Boston: D. Lothrop & Co, Publishers, Franklin and Hawley Streets, (1877) assumed reprint, maroon cloth with black titles and illustration, linen covered boards and fine linen pages; 6x8.25; n. p.
Poor, 1891 gift inscription to a baby, several names and numbers, dirty inky title page, much fraying, solid blacks seem smudged; however, most pages are clean and unmarked; chipped boards.
21706
$35.00
The Cow Picture Book. anon. New York: McLoughlin Bros. Inc., #1314, no date. ca
anon.
anon, illustrator.

A serious cow on the cover: Mostly about Guernsey and Holstein cows, with some sheep and goats. Pictures are from the turn of the century, not in World Cat and scarce.

New York: McLoughlin Bros. Inc., #1314, no date; three very stiff fine glazed linen sheets, folded and center stapled, making 12 pages; full colour on outside with painting of cow, 4 interior paintings, 4 drawings, 7.2x10.2.
CONDITION: Near Fine, no names, a very faint crease on bottom corner.
19018
$125.00
Puff! Puff! Dean's Rag Book 1905. [in print 1904 - 1910]
anon.
/Barton, Frank Matthews (cover) and Jessie Aitcheson, illustrators (not credited)

Interesting pictures: A Snowed Up Train in Canada. New Zealand, One of the First Engines, One of the Latest Cars; an electric railway; a mountain railway and airship, Off for a Spin in the Motor, an African Train; Cleaning the Signal Lamp.

London: Dean's Rag Book Co Ltd, Patented March 7, 1905, 20 registered, Dean's Rag Books Patented; grey cloth covers with all-around landscape of children watching a long train, pinked edges; six doubled leaves sewn down with covers and red backstrip, making fourteen interior pages; 6.5x9.25".
CONDITION: Very Good; spine ends a little frayed, covers crisp and bright with slightly curled top edge, 1/8" spot, inside bright and appears unwashed.
17311
$95.00
Farmyard Book. Dean's Rag Book #282.
anon.
/Albert Ernest Kennedy, illustrator (not credited)

Sweet paintings by a Dean's artist, AE Kennedy, whose animals are particularly full of personality: two ducks, a St. Bernard puppy, two robins, two guinea pigs and a carrot, a wistful cow, and two lambkins This copy with a lighter and greener sky than the Cope's. Scarce.

Albert Ernest Kennedy (1883 - 1962) was a prolific illustrator of children's animal books from a family involved in the arts. His younger brother Cecil was a noted painter of landscapes and flowers (his grandfather is said to have worked with Corot.) Printed cloth is a rough medium, yet Kennedy's animals all have well defined individual movement and personality.

London: Dean's Rag Book, #282, no date [1930]; blue cloth covers with pinked edges, very cute terrier holding the reins of a tiny pony on front, cat and her ball in back, two doubled leaves sewn down, making six interior pages; 6x7.8".
CONDITION: Very Good; blue covers with one spot and grass faded but figures bright; sized and probably never washed, interior bright white and clean.
17309
$115.00
Tots' Toys Dean's Rag Book #356.
anon.
.

Toy pictures in bright primary colours in a cute little book.

Dean's Rag Book #356 /Platt & Munk, cloth, 4x5.25".
CONDITION: Very Good; no names, clean and bright, appears unwashed, one small spotted area showing on back and elephant.
17491
$95.00
Favourites. (Dean's Rag Books 6325/1)
anon.
.

A dog, a goat, a duckling, a goose, a horse, and two guinea pigs, all with farmland backgrounds. Just right!

Gt. Britain: Dean's Rag Books, A BabySafe book, #6325/1; cloth, doubled cloth exterior with one double cloth leaf sewn in forming four interior pages, cover with little terrier and blue ball on front and two guinea pigs and a carrot on the back, blue spine; 4.75x5.2".
CONDITION: Very Good Plus, pinking and cloth crisp, possibly a faint waterstain on bottom edge, hard to tell, otherwise as new.
19337
$55.00
Birds and Animals. McLoughlin, 1920's.
anon.
.

A beautiful big book, with what I would assume are older chromolithos inside, a bit fainter than the birds on the cover. The sepia pictures are very nice, all by the same anonymous artist. This large book is constructed with half folio sheets glued together, rather than folded sheets.

Springfield, Mass: McLoughlin Bros. Inc, no MB, thus 1920-1929, yellow glazed paper mounted on linen with gorgeous red and green parrots and red titles, colourful pheasant-like birds on the back, four large chromolithos, a rooster, a cow, a donkey, and a dog (Newfoundland), on the reverse "linen" side sepia pictures and little poems, 10x12.
CONDITION: Good; no names or other marks, spine cloth worn away to net, staples tight, edges quite lightly frayed all around (could be trimmed), binding firm, covers have little creases but are brilliant, interior bright.
19312
$85.00
19558 Playmates Sam'l Gabriel 1948
anon.
.

Two and three year olds playing with dolls and sand, just the children and the objects they're using, so the little paintings really stand out. The doubled fabric also makes the pictures brighter, no show through.

New York: Sam'l Gabriel Sons, (1948) #373, Wash-Easy Cloth Book, Made in USA; grey cloth background with bright pictures of shiny cheeked toddlers on every page; red printed rick-rack spine, doubled cloth sheets, oblong 8x6.3; 6 interior pages.
CONDITION: Very Good; gift inscription written in back corner, light even soiling or darkening to covers, little curl on top corner, otherwise very nice and clean, unwashed.
19558
$45.00
anon.
/Florence Sarah Winship, illustrator.

Each spread has big floral decorated letters on a border of words and six little nonsense stanzas, each colourfully illustrated: Would you like to/ be the SNOW/ and make things white?/ or would you rather/be a TRAIN/and whistle in/the night?

No publisher stated #1113-15, and these are some of the same pictures as Whitman Winship ABC's from the 40's; stapled Linenette with 10 interior pages, cover with two children stacking enormous ABC blocks with the help of their little dog; folio.
CONDITION: Very Good Plus; no names or other marks, clean, scalloped edge crisp; little bump top of slightly rubbed spine.
19559
$35.00
20196 HalloNeddy A. E. Kennedy Deans
anon.
/Albert Ernest Kennedy, illustrator

AE Kennedy worked for many different publishers. His career spanned over 45 years. The spirit of these large animals comes across so clearly in this difficult medium of printing on cloth.

 

London: Dean's Rag Book Co. Ltd., Rag Book 312,(The Platt & Munk Co. Inc. New York) Made in England; Dean's Patent Rag Books Series 4 In print from 1934 - 1939, green twill zig zagged binding with Neddy the Donkey on the front and a dog looking at two rabbits in a hutch on the back; 8 colours, 6.75x9.25", 14 pages, .
Very Good; no names, pinking straight except for 1" fray, light crease on lower corner; spine ends frayed about 1/4", back bottom corner creased, all in all clean and attractive.
20196
$225.00
14317 Billy's Farm Friends. Richardson, ill. Volland
anon.
/Richardson, Frederick, illustrator

A little boy in short blue overalls introduces us to his friends on the farm. Charming period illustrations.

P. F. Volland Company, (1923); all around pictorial cloth cover of Billy and his animals with the barns in the background; 7 full page coloured illustrations, portrait of animal in colour on facing text page, 7x8.25"; 14 interior pages.
Near Fine; fine, small 1925 inscription in margin of page, no other marks, no fraying, no creases, sharp flat corners, bright. cover.
20186
$135.00
Tots' Toys Dean's Rag Book #356.
anon.
.

Toy pictures in bright primary colours in a cute little book.

Dean's Rag Book #356 /Platt & Munk, cloth, 4x5.25".
CONDITION: Very Good; no names, clean and bright, appears unwashed, one small spotted area showing on back and elephant.
17491
$95.00
19558 Playmates Sam'l Gabriel 1948
anon.
.

Two and three year olds playing with dolls and sand, just the children and the objects they're using, so the little paintings really stand out. The doubled fabric also makes the pictures brighter, no show through.

New York: Sam'l Gabriel Sons, (1948) #373, Wash-Easy Cloth Book, Made in USA; grey cloth background with bright pictures of shiny cheeked toddlers on every page; red printed rick-rack spine, doubled cloth sheets, oblong 8x6.3; 6 interior pages.
CONDITION: Very Good; gift inscription written in back corner, light even soiling or darkening to covers, little curl on top corner, otherwise very nice and clean, unwashed.
19558
$45.00
20931 A Bow-Wow Book. /Stanley Tyreman Berkeley, ill Dean's
anon.
/Stanley Tyreman Berkeley, illustrator.

Dogs in action: On the cover, the title encircled by a leash and a white and tan Borzoi, Russian Wolfhound, curled around a terrier type dogs with large upright ears, on the back two black and tan puppies with huge feet, pages comprise: 3 bulldogss "Types of English beauty", a Landseer Newfoundland who has just rescued a doll from the ocean, two setters (English?) guarding a dead pheasant, a fox terrier saying "Good Morning" to a horse, 3 intense terriers staring down a hole, two Great Danes "Warranted 'Quiet to Drive'", a spread with hitched "Esquimaux dogs used for Arctic Sledging", The Poodle's Toilet, Greyhounds Racing, four hound puppies up to mischief, and on the last page miserable puppies with bows in a wicker basket "Home From the Wash." Berkeley, an accomplished artist who died as this book was being published, created the famous company logo.

London: Dean's Rag Books; (1908) #100, although this book was in print until 1919, the reversed logo dates this copy to 1909 or 1910; Dean's 2/6 Patent Rag Books Series 4, 190 mm x 224 mm, red oblong cloth book in seven colours. (Cope)
Good Plus; no names or marks, sizing remains, pinking partially frayed and bottom of spine very frayed, pages browning on edges and with some foxing, pages do not lie square, patent notice illegible, drawings clear and quite bright.
20931
$85.00
14317 Billy's Farm Friends. Richardson, ill. Volland
anon.
/Richardson, Frederick, illustrator

A little boy in short blue overalls introduces us to his friends on the farm. Charming period illustrations.

P. F. Volland Company, (1923); all around pictorial cloth cover of Billy and his animals with the barns in the background; 7 full page coloured illustrations, portrait of animal in colour on facing text page, 7x8.25"; 14 interior pages.
Near Fine; fine, small 1925 inscription in margin of page, no other marks, no fraying, no creases, sharp flat corners, bright. cover.
20186
$135.00
22208 Let's Be Friends Peggy cloth
anon.
.

Actually all of these animals would appear on an ordinary farm except the monkey, but he seems right at home. On the back cover: "All these friends are good to you,/ Now let's see what YOU can do." Despite cloth book claims, washing removes the sizing and they don't iron well.

Peggy Cloth-Books,(1946); doubled pinked pages with sewn down spine, no printing on spine, various animals, mostly farm, stand beneath the red title banner which is suspended between two high stumps; 6 doubled cloth sheets, making 10 interior pages; oblong 8.75 x 7.25."
CONDITION: Good Minus; no names or other marks, has been washed and thus is rumpled; pinking is very frayed, clean and bright.
22208
$12.00