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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.

20353 Walt Disney's Nursery Rhymes/ Dean's
Mother Goose (Disney, Walt, ill).
/Walt Disney Studios, illustrator.

Inside: Bambi as Jack be Nimble; Minnie as Queen of Hearts, Pluto as Little Dog Laughed, Millie/Melody nieces with as Mary and Lamb, Huey, Louey and Dewey as Three Men in a Tub, and Goofy as the astronomer viewing Twinkle Twinkle. Quite a cast! Uncommon in this condition.

A Dean's Babysafe Book, Made in Great Britain, Dean's Rag Book dog logo, #6452, copyright Walt Disney Productions, [1963]; bright full colour covers, on front Donald Duck as Humpty, on back Micky as medieval Jack Horner, inside pages are white with coloured figures and objects, 6 interior pages; oblong 7.75x8".
CONDITION: Very Good Plus; no names or other marks, bright, clean, pinking defined, sizing has not been washed out, but softened, margins slightly toned; two small pale spots in bottom corner of Rub-a-Dub page.
20353
$135.00
20353 Walt Disney's Nursery Rhymes/ Dean's
Mother Goose (Disney, Walt, ill).
/Walt Disney Studios, illustrator.

Inside: Bambi as Jack be Nimble; Minnie as Queen of Hearts, Pluto as Little Dog Laughed, Millie/Melody nieces with as Mary and Lamb, Huey, Louey and Dewey as Three Men in a Tub, and Goofy as the astronomer viewing Twinkle Twinkle. Quite a cast! Uncommon in this condition.

A Dean's Babysafe Book, Made in Great Britain, Dean's Rag Book dog logo, #6452, copyright Walt Disney Productions, [1963]; bright full colour covers, on front Donald Duck as Humpty, on back Micky as medieval Jack Horner, inside pages are white with coloured figures and objects, 6 interior pages; oblong 7.75x8".
CONDITION: Very Good Plus; no names or other marks, bright, clean, pinking defined, sizing has not been washed out, but softened, margins slightly toned; two small pale spots in bottom corner of Rub-a-Dub page.
20353
$135.00
21479 Little Boy Blue Kohler's Felt Toy Books Hurlbut
Mother Goose (Hurlbut, Carl, ill).
/Carl Hurlbut, illustrator

Not nearly in as bright condition as our other felt books, but a good example of how these books withstood play. Little Boy Blue Simple Simon, Little Miss Muffet, Ding, Dong, Bell, Old Woman Who Lived in a Shoe, Baa, Baa Black Sheep, Old King Cole, Pat-a-Cake, Hush-a-Bye Baby, Hey! Diddle Diddle.

Akron, Ohio: Kohler & Co., no date, co by S. H. Kohler; cover with Boy Blue asleep under haystack, blue background,, on the back in a cartouche, a toy lamb with Kohler's Felt Toy Books, "The Original Felt Books; three sheets of felt sewn together making ten interior pages; 4.8x6.8"; np.
Good Minus; no names or other marks, felt is quite darkened inside and out, minor spots on most pages and extensive water stain on two facing pages, page folding uneven.
21479
$45.00
21479 Little Boy Blue Kohler's Felt Toy Books Hurlbut
Mother Goose (Hurlbut, Carl, ill).
/Carl Hurlbut, illustrator

Not nearly in as bright condition as our other felt books, but a good example of how these books withstood play. Little Boy Blue Simple Simon, Little Miss Muffet, Ding, Dong, Bell, Old Woman Who Lived in a Shoe, Baa, Baa Black Sheep, Old King Cole, Pat-a-Cake, Hush-a-Bye Baby, Hey! Diddle Diddle.

Akron, Ohio: Kohler & Co., no date, co by S. H. Kohler; cover with Boy Blue asleep under haystack, blue background,, on the back in a cartouche, a toy lamb with Kohler's Felt Toy Books, "The Original Felt Books; three sheets of felt sewn together making ten interior pages; 4.8x6.8"; np.
Good Minus; no names or other marks, felt is quite darkened inside and out, minor spots on most pages and extensive water stain on two facing pages, page folding uneven.
21479
$45.00
19828 Baby's Mother Goose. by Charlotte Steiner 1947.
Mother Goose (Steiner, Charlotte, ill).
/Charlotte Steiner, illustrator.

Very appealing primary colour illustrations on white by Steiner, who did many of the early Peggy Cloth-Books. (Do not confuse this with the Platt and Munk 60's Peggy Cloth Book Baby's Mother Goose) This has charming pictures for eight rhymes carefully printed in bright inks with exact register. 7.5x8.5.

Peggy Cloth-Books, 1947, "Peggy Book No 4 Copr. 1947" an early copy, pinked, with a blue border and a yellow grommet in the spine, a little boy in blue overalls offering a red flower to a duck in a bonnet; 8 interior pages; oblong 8.5x7.5".
CONDITION: Very Good; no names or other marks, flat-lying, pinked edges only a little frayed, limp as book has been washed, large very pale spot on white background on front, dark half in sq. spot on lower margin of back, otherwise clean. A tiny crease nick on first page.
19828
$75.00
19828 Baby's Mother Goose. by Charlotte Steiner 1947.
Mother Goose (Steiner, Charlotte, ill).
/Charlotte Steiner, illustrator.

Very appealing primary colour illustrations on white by Steiner, who did many of the early Peggy Cloth-Books. (Do not confuse this with the Platt and Munk 60's Peggy Cloth Book Baby's Mother Goose) This has charming pictures for eight rhymes carefully printed in bright inks with exact register. 7.5x8.5.

Peggy Cloth-Books, 1947, "Peggy Book No 4 Copr. 1947" an early copy, pinked, with a blue border and a yellow grommet in the spine, a little boy in blue overalls offering a red flower to a duck in a bonnet; 8 interior pages; oblong 8.5x7.5".
CONDITION: Very Good; no names or other marks, flat-lying, pinked edges only a little frayed, limp as book has been washed, large very pale spot on white background on front, dark half in sq. spot on lower margin of back, otherwise clean. A tiny crease nick on first page.
19828
$75.00
21842 Baby's Mother Goose Peggy/Platt 1960s
Mother Goose.
/anon, illustrator.

Bright illustrations with some registers not accurate, perhaps intentional. Although this states "Peggy" the artwork is unrelated to Steiner's cloth Mother Goose, six of the same rhymes though.

New York: Platt & Munk Publishers, a Peggy Cloth Book, Questor, Printed in Taiwan #6804; 1960's; 4 folded pinked cloth sheets and illustrations in primary colours, chubby Mother Goose on yellow gander on top, top stitched zig-zag spine, oblong, 8.5x7.5"; 6 interior cloth pages.
CONDITION: Very Good Plus; no names or other marks, bright and clean with sizing intact and pinking sharp.
21842
$25.00
17391 Tom Tom the Piper's Son Kohler's Felt Toy Books Hurlbut.
Mother Goose. (Hurlbut, Carl].)
/Carl Hurlbut, illustrator.

Such an amazing idea! The thin, fine felt takes the print quite clearly and makes a nice light little book, if a bit dull on the cover. Ten nursery rhymes with lively illustrations.

Akron, Ohio: Kohler & Co, no date, co by S. H. Kohler; cover with Tom piping to lamb dancing in a grey pasture with blue sky and clouds, on the back in a cartouche, a toy lamb with Kohler's Felt Toy Books, "The Original Felt Books; three sheets of felt sewn together making ten interior pages; 4.8x6.8"; np.
Good Plus; no names or other marks, felt on all pages has probably darkened esp. front, a trace of the 3/8" spot on first two pages is visible on front, tiny nick on back to white, edges dark,, no tears, creases, or thinning.
17391
$240.00
22364 Peter Rabbit's Pockets, cloth book as new
Potter, Beatrix
/Carolyn Bracken, illustrator.

"The safe, soft, cloth book that comes with a doll on a ribbon which tucks into 8 pockets." "Safe, Non-Toxic, Colorfast, Washable (I'd take washable with a grain of salt. It will wrinkle and fray but stay bright.) Bright illustrations, not too cartoony. Beautiful gift condition and in original plastic packet, thus very clean. Materials and construction are probably reliable considering the publisher.

New York: Simon & Schuster, Little Simon, ill co 1982 by C. Bracken, 6 page topstitched cloth book, packaged in card top with plastic display bag; 6.75 x 7.7"
CONDITION: Near Fine, tiny bumps on one corner of card package, all else perfect.
22364
$32.00
22364 Peter Rabbit's Pockets, cloth book as new
Potter, Beatrix
/Carolyn Bracken, illustrator.

"The safe, soft, cloth book that comes with a doll on a ribbon which tucks into 8 pockets." "Safe, Non-Toxic, Colorfast, Washable (I'd take washable with a grain of salt. It will wrinkle and fray but stay bright.) Bright illustrations, not too cartoony. Beautiful gift condition and in original plastic packet, thus very clean. Materials and construction are probably reliable considering the publisher.

New York: Simon & Schuster, Little Simon, ill co 1982 by C. Bracken, 6 page topstitched cloth book, packaged in card top with plastic display bag; 6.75 x 7.7"
CONDITION: Near Fine, tiny bumps on one corner of card package, all else perfect.
22364
$32.00
20178 Toys At Play by Reid photos by Waite. Marshall Fields.
Reid, Carol McMillan.
/George L. Waite photographer.

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.

Racine, WI; Whitman Publishing Company, (1937); Toys and Settings by Courtesy of Marshall Field & Company, linenette type cover and pages, many many toys, 14 interior pages; 10.2x12.2".
CONDITION: Very Good; white areas darkened on covers, rubs on spine, slight curls at corners, half inch tear on back, faded area upper back.
20178
$110.00
Tick-a-Tock.
Talbot, E.
/E. Larcombe, illustrator.

Turn of the century children go through the day from 7 AM to 6 PM in rhyme.

London: Dean's Rag Book Co. Ltd, no date, no number on bulldogs; "Entirely British Manufacture"; blue cloth covers with pinked edges, doubled pages, one signature with an inserted page sewed down, thus eight interior pages; 6x8".
CONDITION: Very Good; no names, light pencil numerals in candle on back, a few spots, in blue covers, especially faded on the back near spine but with the illustration bright, pages still stiff, white, and clean, darkening near corners.
17308
$95.00
My Indestructible Pet Book by Uncle Herbert.
Uncle Herbert.
.Play book cloth (softcover)

Each page has a large print primer story.
"Do you see this dog with a bell?
He must be a very nice dog to ring the bell all alone.
I hope the maid will let him in.."
The fine linen allows for detail in the woodcuts. An early and interesting cloth book.

New York: J. B. Lippincott & Co, (1881); on the front little girl with glasses seated at a table with her doll, examining (an insect cage?), on white heavily sized cloth with black print, 4 folded sheets making 14 interior pages; 5.8x7.75.
CONDITION: Repaired to Good Plus state; sloppy modern re-sewing of binding has been removed, pages aligned and hand tacked inconspicuously, 19th c names, "Elmer Hawkin's Book", two small numbers near title, ow flawed by lightly frayed top edge and curled bottom corners, light soil.
17317
$25.00
20352 Walt Disney / Dean's Rag Books Set of 6: Donald Duck, Mickey, Pluto etc.
Walt Disney Productions: A Dean's Rag Book.
/Disney Studios, illustrators.

A very fresh and charming set of six little cloth books, designed in 1961, dated by Sotheby's July, 1980 Sale of Dean's Archives, (Lot 265). Although Disney and Dean's had collaborated previously on toys, this set represented a larger range of characters. It was followed later in the 60's by 4 others including an alphabet book and a mother goose. Individual books, and thus set, are scarce. Ask to see more jpgs.

Dean's Rag Books, #6104/W-6106/W and #6113/W-6115/W.; contrasting coloured spine spine, all pages brightly covered with primary colour illustrations; six interior pages, each with short text in caps; straight stitched and backstitched at ends, 5.25x7.5"
CONDITION: Fine; as new, no names or marks, very bright and clean, crisp with sharp aligned pinking and sizing intact, never washed. Bambi is Very Good Plus, no names or marks but softer, possibly washed once, lighter colour along top and bottom margins of cover, exactly 1/4" wide, pinked edge quite nice, but not aligned and lightly frayed on parts of interior pages.
20352
$750.00
20352 Walt Disney / Dean's Rag Books Set of 6: Donald Duck, Mickey, Pluto etc.
Walt Disney Productions: A Dean's Rag Book.
/Disney Studios, illustrators.

A very fresh and charming set of six little cloth books, designed in 1961, dated by Sotheby's July, 1980 Sale of Dean's Archives, (Lot 265). Although Disney and Dean's had collaborated previously on toys, this set represented a larger range of characters. It was followed later in the 60's by 4 others including an alphabet book and a mother goose. Individual books, and thus set, are scarce. Ask to see more jpgs.

Dean's Rag Books, #6104/W-6106/W and #6113/W-6115/W.; contrasting coloured spine spine, all pages brightly covered with primary colour illustrations; six interior pages, each with short text in caps; straight stitched and backstitched at ends, 5.25x7.5"
CONDITION: Fine; as new, no names or marks, very bright and clean, crisp with sharp aligned pinking and sizing intact, never washed. Bambi is Very Good Plus, no names or marks but softer, possibly washed once, lighter colour along top and bottom margins of cover, exactly 1/4" wide, pinked edge quite nice, but not aligned and lightly frayed on parts of interior pages.
20352
$750.00