Doll Books

Here are doll, toys, and dollhouse books from the 19th and 20th century.

Manuela's Birthday.
Bannon, Laura.
/LB, illustrator.

A little girl in Taxco, Mexico, gets a blonde doll. A book with a stereotyped plot, but with appealing pictures of the little girl.

Whitman, 1943/1939, 3rd; 8.3 x 10.3, 46 p.
CONDITION: Very Good in Good jacket; in jacket with small chips all around; unclipped 2.00
20315 MarjoriesLiteraryDolls by Beard, photo illus.
Beard, Patten.
/PB, photos.

The story of Mr. George Abihad Wolsen, a real doll belonging to Emma Beard Patten's young friend, "Marjorie"; he and his family live in a large white dollhouse (these are 10 or 11" dolls) and writes up a storm. Unlike the sequel, Marjorie's Little Doll School, this story is mostly about adults, so it has a kind of Young Visiters quality. The author and her young friend imagine/play the story as they go along. Early photographic illustration. (Mus White 460) .Note: This book has been SOLD.

New York: Frederick A. Stokes Company, Publishers, (1916); tan boards, large green framed doll house with red touches and red titles and within a pasted on plate of "Marjorie" and her dolls; plain endpapers, frontis and 18 photographs in text of the dolls arranged by the author; 8x10.25; 114 pp.
CONDITION: Very Good; no names or other marks, top board and plate quite bright, straight, good hinges, soil to margins and back, foxed endpapers and edges; occasional margin soil on pages, no tears or wrinkles and generally clean within; archival clear mylar jacket.
19852 A Doll's Day by Brown.
Brown, Beatrice Bradshaw.
/Barbara Haven Brown, illustrator.

A doll relates the events of her day with "Mother"", hour by hour, in verse with the text and decorated capital on one side and a bold black deco illustration with orange and teal details. Between each verse is a spread with a cuckoo clock on one side and a large drawing of the coming poem on the other. A very charming period piece, designed with care.

Boston: Little, Brown and Company, 1931, 1st sd; deep orange cloth spine pale orange paper boards with little doll on a rocking horse in dark teal; black and white checkered endpapers with little drawings in diagonal rows; in orange, teal, yellow, and black jacket with small child figures busy playing or studying or helping out, on back a book list; oblong 7.5x9; np.
CONDITION: Very Good Plus in Good Minus jacket; no names, but tiny decorative date on title page which, I think , serves as a gift inscription; straight with very clean and bright pale boards and spine, tiny corner tips worn through; in clipped jacket edgeworn all around and with two 5/8" closed tears and one 2.5" flap fold tear, front flap reattached with archival tape.
The Story of Woofin-Poofin written and illus by Marguerite Buller. 1929, 1st.
Buller, Marguerite.
/MB, illustrator.

How a little Staffordshire dog finds his true master and home, with plays along the way from the toyshop to the home of the charwoman's son. Large flat pictures in beautiful colours. Note: This book has been SOLD

New York: Robert M. McBride & Company, 1929, 1st, stated First Published August 1929; illustrated paper boards over red cloth spine, featuring white china dog (Staffordshire) sitting on magenta cushion, with yellow curtain and magenta spotted wallpaper behind him, teal shadows, black and grey titles, plain bottom board and endpapers, several full page and in text illustrations with these colors and primary green, blue, or red added; 9.3x12.3"
CONDITION: Good Minus; traces of small erased name and bookplate removal on ffep, soiled boards very worn all around to card, spot and pull tear on back, interior clean and bright, without marks or wrinkles, except for one loose plate, neatly reinserted but missing half inch off the bottom. MEDIA MAIL OUT STANDARD RATE, CONTACT US FOR PRIORITY, LARGE BOOK.
21601 Nutcracker of Nuremberg by Cooke.
Cooke, Donald E.
/DEC, illustrator.

"A Christmas Fantasy based on the Old Hoffmann Legend". Generously illustrated in woodcut style with each detail adding to the story (not just repeated margin decorations). The story of two children and their new friend the Nutcracker, who tells them the wonderful and familiar stories of his past. Note: This book has been sold.

Philadelphia, Winston Building, Chicago Toronto: The John C. Winston Company, 1938, rust coloured cloth boards with gilt nutcracker and blindstamped toy soldiers across the top; teal endpapers with intricate landscape of deer outside a village in pale aqua; these colours are repeated in decorations and full page illustrations throughout the book; in black, cream, and rust jacket with mountainous deer hunting scene; 8vo; 148 pp.
CONDITION: Very Good Plus in Good Plus jacket; small name eps, some darkening in ep gutters, tiny bumps to tips of bottom board corners; otherwise very clean and bright; in jacket with fine creases along top edge, rubbed edges and spine ends, top and extrems with 1/8" chips and almost an inch of but generally little loss of paper; unclipped 2.00.
20413 LifeandAdventuresofGeneralSpooley by Falls.
Falls, D. W. C. (Brigadier General DeWitt Clinton Falls)
/DWCFalls, illustrator.

Already a little tree with a glorious future in mind, our tree witnesses a Great War (Civil War) battle with a victorious Union Army. He decides that he wants to become a general, so he grows straight and tall. He is chosen for toy shop lumber and becomes the leader of 11 wooden soldiers for Tommy's Christmas. His excellent discipline and strategy ensure Tommy's victories, and even when some of his men are worn and lost, he is promoted to General and put in charge of a successful army of spools. Then as Tommy grows up, General Spooley helps him with his studies and accompanies him to his base, meeting the original General as an old man. A happy ending ensues for them both, unlike the fate of Andersen's tree. An odd, original book, by a military expert, with rather primitive but charming and colourful chromos, not in Hunt.

London: Ernest Nister; New York: E. P. Dutton; #3227 (1.1. on top board, 11 on title page) 1911; red and white paper boards with large illustration of a mounted General Spooley commanding his new spool soldiers; plain endpapers, red cloth spine; 12 chromolith plates, including frontis, and many b/w illustrations in text; 8.25x9"; 59 pp.
CONDITION: Very Good; no names, clean bright boards with rubbed edges and extrems, especially bottom corners, edges toned, some neat margin tears (archival tape enclosed). Recently professionally tightened.
Through the Doll's House Door.
Gardam, Jane.

During the dolls' banishment to the wash house, they while away the endless time by staying put and telling their stories. At last the children, grown up and understanding the meaning of the doll's house, discover it again. NOTE: This book has been sold.

London: Franklin Watts, Julia MacRae, 1987, 1st printing; in red jacket with dolls' house seen through a door;121 pp
CONDITION: Fine in Fine jacket; as new; unclipped 7.95.
Godden, Rumer.
/Pauline Baynes, illustrator.

Impunity Jane, The Fairy Doll, The Story of Holly and Ivy, Candy Floss. Coloured plates and numerous black and white drawings by Baynes. A nice opportunity to have all these books, by a well known illustrator.

London: Macmillan, 1983, 1st printing this collection, (1955-1960); coloured plates, 137 pp.
CONDITION: Very Good with Very Good jacket; gift inscription, erasure front endpaper, paper boards rubbed on bottom edge, in jacket with 1.5" wrinkled tear at top; unclipped 5.95 pounds.
Home is the Sailor.
Godden, Rumer.
/Jean Primrose, illustrator.

Sian's dollhouse had so many lady dolls, but no men dolls, until Curly the sailor arrived on the scene. The last of Godden's doll books gives a boy doll a voice.

Viking, 1964, 1st printing; 129 pp.
CONDITION: Very Good Plus in Fine jacket; a little rub on bottom; unclipped 3.00.
The Dolls' House.
Godden, Rumer.
/Dana Saintsbury, illustrator.

The author's first book for children, now a classic.

New York: Viking, 1948/1947, 1st printing (US), sd; 4 coloured plates; 8vo.;125 pp.
CONDITION: Fine in Very Good jacket; no names, lovely book, darkening jacket with minor edgewear all around and a few tiny chips; unclipped 2.50.
20541 Four Dolls by Godden, ill Pauline Baynes.
Godden, Rumer.
/Pauline Baynes, illustrator.

Impunity Jane, The Fairy Doll, The Story of Holly and Ivy, Candy Floss. Coloured plates and numerous black and white drawings by Baynes.

London: Macmillan, 1983, 1st printing this collection, (1955-1960) First Published; coloured and b/w full page illustrations, 137 pp.
CONDITION: Very Good Plus with Very Good jacket; no names or other marks, straight, tight, clean; top edge of both book and jacket slightly rubbed; unclipped no price (NZ).
21246 Mouse and his Child by Russell Hoban, ill Lillian Hoban.
Hoban, Russell.
/Lillian Hoban, illustrator.

A broken clockwork mouse and child follow the child's dream of a home and family. Hailed as a classic when it appeared, this is a complex fantasy, full of logical tricks and high adventure. "A rich, disturbing, very touching book" Kirkus. This edition, not uncommon, has always been puzzling to date, it looks newer than 1967 but is certainly early, pre ISBN; it does not feel like a book club.

New York: Harper & Row, (1967), early or 1st printing, no price or date on dw, no later books mentioned, no ISBN; pictorial reinforced binding with clockwork father and son, in jacket identical to boards, tall 8vo; 182 pp.
CONDITION: Very Good Plus in Very Good Plus jacket; no names or other marks, tiny rubs to 2 corners, straight, clean, tight, in crisp jacket with 1/16" bumped tear on bottom edge.
Lobe, Mira.
/Susi Weigel, illustrator.

Because the sides are folded back under, the corners threaded through holes for hands, and the back sewn, you could quickly stuff the handkerchief body of this doll as well as the head! Then kind Bimbulli saves all his animal friends from drowning! A nice present.

Wein Vienna: Verlag Jungbrunnen, (1964); in German; red cloth spine, turquoise bottom board, deep blue top board with Bimbulli sailing with his chicken under a straw hat and bright flowers on the shore; endpapers with clear pictorial directions for making your own Bimbulli handkerchief doll, bright coloured pictures on every other spread,18x23 cm; np.
CONDITION: Very Good Plus; tiny owner initials, a very slight warp evident when face down, foxed on top edge, very small lamination lift on edge else as new.
21062 The Journey of Bangwell Putt by Mariana.
Mariana/ Marian Foster Curtiss.
/M, illustrator.

A reproduction of the original hand lettered hand-coloured book, this book retains the charm of the heroine, a stumpy little doll from Deerfield who longs for adventure. Bangwell Putt has one memorable night at a ball in the Museum in New York.

New York: Lothrop, Lee, and Shepard, 1965/1945; reinforced sepia boards with Bangwell walking along, endpaper illustrations of dolls from the story follow the plain front endpaper, in green jacket with a large portrait of Bangwell Putt with her funny green hat and her carpet bag; 7.6x9.5; np.
CONDITION: Very Good Plus in Very Good jacket; no names or other marks, straight, tight, clean, tiny rubs to spine ends, a few reading wrinkles in lower margins; in jacket with rubbing on creases, three one inch tears, 1/4" chip at spine top, other very minor edgewear; unclipped 3.35.
21891 jiji Lou by Mayol, ill. Fern Bisel Peat.
Mayol, Lurline Bowles.
/Fern Bisel Peat, illustrator.

The story of a cast-off doll who is taken on the Junk Town Express to the place where lost and discarded toys are spruced up. A lovely book and our favorite FB Peat.

New York: Saalfield Publishing Company, (1925) early; blue green cloth with red titles on spine and large plate with Jenks driving wagon and Jiji Lou with Jenks; green patterned endpapers, frontis and eight plates, as issued, and black and white drawings in text; 7.5"x10.25"; 142 pp.
CONDITION: Very Good; neat 1930 grandparent gift inscription and ownership panel filled in; boards very clean with very pale 1" spot on back; cover plate very nice, spine letters and cloth bright (recent jacket loss?); corners sharp but tips rubbed through on bottom, straight, well bound; pages clean and flat, crease in frontis corner and light foxing to the first few pages; margin splits about 1" on early 3 or 4 pages.
If I Were a Mother.
Mizumura, Kazue.
/KM, illustrator.

A tender little girl learns from the care mother animals show their young and thinks about being a mother. Jacket&the title page lead to the first page: "Like a mother hen, I would wish to have many children and have them play all around me..."

New York: Thomas Y. Crowell, 1968, 1st printing (alternate copy rights pasted in by publisher, over Crowell's imprint stating first edition as well); grey cloth boards with koala and child, in bronze jacket with wrap-around illustration of a little girl gazing into her doll carriage; 7.9x10.2; np.
CONDITION: Near Fine in Near Fine jacket; slight bump to top corner tip, in unusually lovely jacket slightly darkened on light area of spine; unclipped 3.95.
21051 The Story of Delicia. Newman
Newman, Gertrude.
/Russel Benson, illustrator

A matter-of-fact rag doll writes of her first days with her mama, a busy little girl of about five. Photos of Delicia, her mama, and her new stuffed friends on every spread. Adolphus, of Delicia and Adolphus, appears at the end. NOTE: This book has been sold.

Rand McNally, 1935 (8/35)/1935, first or year of publication; pink paper boards with photo of Delicia; 5.75x6.75; np.
CONDITION: Good minus with no jacket; spine joints cracked open for about 2", 1" (thus grade) otherwise remaining firm, extremities bumped, pink spine faded and top board faded and rubbed, owner name; pages crisp and unwrinkled.
Japanese Dolls, their Creation and Appreciation.
Ozawa, Satako.

Gives illustrations of dolls with historic costume and then step by step instructions in how to make paper dolls, eggshell dolls, and a traditional Wisteria doll, with materials which may be purchased from the Ozawa doll school in Tokyo.

Tokyo: Toto Shuppan Company, no date, (ca 1940's) red paper boards; in jacket with coloured photos of dolls; 14.75x10.25; paper patterns tipped in and loose tissue guard; np.
CONDITION: Poor in jacket; book is actually disbound but it held quite firmly by thickly laminated dustjacket (amateur job) attached to boards, laminated dustjacket is lightly edgeworn with closed 5" tear and several other tears and rubs; the pattern is in very nice condition. It is folded and four times the jpg shown, with just a tiny corner tear where someone has tried to unfold it without untacking it from the book: certainly not used and probably never opened up.
Hilda and her Doll.
Phillips, E. C.
/H Meyer, illustrator.

Hilda played happily in her Greneda, West Indies home, unaware that she was soon to be sent thousands of miles away, to France, to school. Her father felt the experience of "finding her level" would be good for her character, but for a long time she was miserable at school. Her classmates teased her for the wonderful gift her nurse had given her, a beautiful handmade West Indian doll. The international flavour of this book keeps it from being a Sunday School tract.

London: Griffith and Farran and New York: E. P. Dutton (Dutton ads bound in) 1883/1881 US printing; red boards with black decorative stamping and a picture of Hilda reading in her outdoor school bower, yellow endpapers, 5x7.5"; 160 pp + 16 pages of ads. I assume this is a second printing because the first, at U of Ohio, was stamped in gilt, black,and red on blue cloth whereas this is stamped in gilt and black only. It also has these letters at the end 3M-3/83 -S.
CONDITION: Very Good; 20th c bookplate, boards bright, spine a bit dull, corners bumped, a little soil on back, opens loosely, front & rear hinge cracked, clean.
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.
The Mechanical Doll.
Stearns, Pamela.
/Trina Schart Hyman, illustrator.

Stearns' tale of the mechanical doll is "a subtle parable of art and reality".

Houghton, Mifflin, Co, 1979, 1st printing; 4to, 45 pp.
CONDITION: Very Good in Good jacket; two distracting 1" stains on front of dw; unclipped 6.95.
Away to the Moon
Symonds, John
/Pamela Bianco, illustrator.

Hetty and Betty, long forgotten dollhouse dolls, go off to see the moon. Betty is captured and only an intelligent move by the toy soldier saves her. By an English writer of fantasies for young children, who occasionally published in the United States. Many Bianco drawings in text.

Philadelphia: J. B. Lippincott, (1956); Symonds' two previous books for Lippincott mentioned on back flap; pale green boards with black medallion, green endpapers with delicate ink drawing of the dolls and other toys in the attic, in green Bianco jacket with a full illustration of the dolls looking up a the long case clock; 6.25x8.25; 64 pp.
CONDITION: Good Plus in Fair jacket; small school stamp under front flap, extremities quite bumped, lt soil to edges, pages clean and generally flat, some reading wrinkles to last few pages; in jacket with creases rubbed and 1" chips from both ends of spine; front has a nice appearance in its protector; unclipped 2.50.
Anna's Special Present.
TsuTsui, Yoriko.
/Hayashi, Akiko, illustrator.

A little girl lets her favorite doll go to the hospital with her injured friend.

London: Viking Kestrel, 1988, 1st printing; 7.6x10.6, 32 pp. Pictorial binding.
CONDITION: Very Good Plus without jacket (as issued UK edition?); no names or other marks, light rub and bump to spine top.
The Muffletump Storybook.
Wahl, Jan.
/Cyndy Szekeres, illustrator.

Stories of four Victorian dolls and their adventures, with short text and detailed pencil drawings on every page.

Chicago: Follett, 1975, 1st printing. Orange cloth, 7x8.7, 125 pp.
CONDITION: Fine in Good jacket; book with no flaw, in rubbed clipped dw with edge tears and 1/4" chip at spine top.
The Mennyms
Waugh, Sylvia.

The Mennyms, a family of life-size rag dolls living in a house in England and passing as human, see their peaceful existence threatened when the landlord announces he is coming from Australia for a visit.

NY: Greenwillow, 1993, 1st printing Am; 213 pp. Half black cloth blue boards, 214 pp.
CONDITION: Fine in Fine jacket; no flaws in book or jacket; as new; unclipped 15.00. WE HAVE ALL MENNYMS, SEE BELOW. WILDERNESS AND ALIVE ON THIS SITE AND ALSO 2 REMAINDERS IN OTHERWISE AS NEW CONDITION FOR $5 EA. Please Inquire. The series is illustrated below in order