Play Books

20420 Christmas Book House
Miller, Olive Beaupre.

A very charming green Christmas Book House, made of wood, with book spines decorated with lighted windows and Christmas Trees in gilt, green, shaped plates with yellow and red, and colourful margin decorations in yellow and red on the top boards. The house is the usual one with the dormer in front, but only one chimney and also with a set of red steps leading to the Travelships, which are placed in the center. It may have come with three separate wooden trees as well, according to the photographed ad in Dorothy Loring Taylor's reference, page 100.

Chicago, The Book House, green, 16th edition (printing) c. 1922-33, with 6 volume set and the three Travelships in wooden house with steps. There is a side chimney with little open windows in the eve as well as the usual cut out long (longer?) windows on each side. Christmas binding
CONDITION: House: Very Good, original paint, little steps are still there, solid and straight with no missing parts or chips. Book Set: Bindings nice. Interiors Good Minus to Very Good; to be brief, we would not ordinarily purchase or sell a set in this condition: all hinges and some pastedowns margins are glue foxed, Vols. 1 & 2 are very, very dirty. Vol 1 has fep torn in half. Erased and unerased pencil throughout, from scribble to adult account records. Cracked hinges on Vol 1, France, and Japan. That said, the plates are only lightly rubbed and the pages in vol 2-6 and interior pages of the Travelships are flat and clean. The wonderful Christmas bindings are bright and clean giving it a nice appearance when shelved.
14230 Topsys & Turveys by Peter Newell.
Newell, Peter.
/PN, illustrator.

Read each page rightside up then turn it upside down for the rest of the story. Surprisingly, the illustration changes too.

New York: The Century Co, (1893), early reprint of first edition; olive glazed boards and spine with coloured panel of little maids/tramps; plain endpapers, heavy smooth paper, col title page and 4 reversible one sided contents pages, 31 col plates; oblong 6 3/4 x 9"; 31 pp
CONDITION: Good Minus; edges of boards rubbed through to card and about half of spine color cracked off to cloth tape, leaving red imp, slight occasional page soil but interior is basically flat, tight enough, and clean, no names, covered in archival film jacket
Workbook for Engine Whistles. Alice and Jerry. (1957)
O'Donnell, Mabel and Helen Gilson.
Evanston: Row, Peterson, and Company, 1957, 1955, 1943; softcover, with all around illustration of country train station, Hastings' Family Tree on inside back; 8.2x10.8 inches; 128 pp.
CONDITION: Very Good Plus; no names or other marks, unused, toned paper, no wrinkles or tears, tiny corner bump and foxing on upper front.
Celestino Piatti: ABC der Tiere. (frieze cards)
Piatti, Celestino.
/Celestino Piatti, illustrator.

These pictures, by poster artist Celestino Piatti, will make a striking frieze. (Contains the extra Vicuna and child and a double sized giraffe, as well as the original German text.) Diese 22 einseitig bedruckte Blatter umfassende Mappe, die im Inhalt der Kinderbuch-Ausgabe entspricht, wurde in 500 Exemplaren gedruckt und darf nur komplett abgegeben werden.

Zurich and Stuttgart: Artemis Verlags (1965) one of five hundred copies, printed in Switzerland; card envelope enclosing folder with 22 pictures from the ABC; Hans Schumacher, ed.
CONDITION: Good; card envelope darkened, soiled and all bumped; folder has become very creased in several places from incorrect insertion, all pictures have tack holes in top corners and are slightly toned, still pictures are clean and wonderfully bright..
19568 The Tale of Peter Rabbit Animated! Julian Wehr
Potter, Beatrix, unauthorized edition.
/Julian Wehr, illustrator.

A long way from Beatrix Potter, but lots of fun. Each animation has interesting details.

New York: Grosset and Dunlap, (1943), green boards constructed so that one long board with small inverted pleat in the middle. the red spiral binding attaching along the center edge of this pleat; board has picture of Peter in the garden on the front and Peter with a butterfly on the back, green pictorial fixed "endpapers," 4 animated pictures in which several elements move with a tab, many black and green pictures in text; in jacket identical to boards; 8 3/4"x8 3/8", np
CONDITION: Very Good in Very Good jacket; no names or other marks, boards and pages clean and flat; ends of coiled spine compressed with half inch tears at top and one inch paper crack at bottom; clean, very bright jacket has two half inch tears and no loss of paper; moveables fine; unclipped $1.00.
20211 The Angora Twinnies by Price.
Price, Margaret Evans.
/MEP, illustrator

The Twinnies lived in Newfoundland, and played in the warm suits their mammy knit them, on the beautiful swing their daddy made them that "could swoop right over the sea." Though the seagulls tried to get them to fly away south to fairyland, they consulted their parents first.

Rochester, N. Y.; Strecher Litho. Co. (1919/1915) #31; the earlier edition is smaller than this one; shaped card covers with twins in snowsuits red and white, a snow shovel and a white cat, 6 chromolitho illustrations, 13.25x7.5"; 12 pp.
CONDITION: Very Good; no names or other marks, very clean, 3/8" chip on lower corner repaired with archival tape, also crease, some rubbing on spine, and red twins hat on back; staples pulling but all attached, no splits.
Bruiny Bear....who wasn't hungry, illus by Paul Kaloda (1945)
Ross, Roselle.
/Paul Kaloda cover & Charles Bracker interior pages, illustrators.

The outline shape of the book is of a sitting bear, front and back; no exterior words, only the picture. In the bear's arms rests a cub, who is removable. Although the story is anthropomorphic, it is the cover illustration that is collectible, so "wild bear" One of a set of wild animals and their babies, which originally came in fragile paper envelopes.

New York: Maxton, 1945, early copy; shaped wraps; 13 pp.
Kankie Kangaroo ... who couldn't hop, Paul Kaloda, illus.
Ross, Roselle.
/Paul Kaloda covers & Charles Bracker story, illustrators.

Kangaroo shape book; no exterior words, only the naturalistic full coloured picture. In the roo's pocket rests a joey, who is removable and free standing. We also have Gambie Gorilla and Bruiny Bear in this mother and baby wild animal series.

New York: Maxton, 1945, appt 1st printing; wraps.
CONDITION: Very Good Plus; bright colours, corners gently bent for 1/2", tiny rubbing along pocket, baby's wrist and elbow are bent, altogether in nice condition for this series.
Bruiny Bear....who wasn't hungry. Paul Kaloda, illus.  Shape book.
Ross, Roselle.
/Paul Kaloda & Charles Bracker, illustrators.

The outline shape of the book is of a sitting bear, front and back views; no exterior words, only the picture. Designed so that a removable bear cub can rest in the bear's arms. In the original damaged envelope with interesting printed material..

NY: Maxton, (1945), Series A; outline shape of bear with place for cub in pouch, pictorial envelope. 13 pp.
CONDITION: Fine in remnant envelope; as new, the baby has never been folded in two and the slot for the pocket has never been used; envelope has all paper present, but with multiple tears and pieces, tacked with Filmoplast archival tape (looks better in jpg than in actuality); supplied with archival toploader.
Animalerie, The Pet Store (Peter Spier's Village).
Spier, Peter.
/PS, illustrator.

The Pet Store stands up on its own, with no stress on the book. Bright little pictures and a different shaped roof on each building. The buildings in this diecut board village would make a nice, inexpensive collection. Among others in the group are: The Toy Shop (which we have), Food Market,  Fire House, Toy  Shop, My School, Bill's Service Station.

L'ecole des loisirs, (1981 US The Pet Store).
CONDITION: Very Good; no names or other marks.
21419 My Life Story by Ted Bear.
Ted Bear.

A very huggable bear cub with his tongue sticking out tells his story from the time his mother lost him to his permanent residence in the zoo. The flap lifts to reveal the underside of the bear's muzzle. One of a series of Life Stories which includes P. Uppy and E. Lephant.

New York: Sam'l Gabriel Sons & Company, circa 1920, #926; bright green boards, dark green cloth spine, large bear cub, front and back, with head on flap attached to top board, black and white illustrations and 4 colour illustrations, 8.25x10.25; np.
CONDITION: Very Good, no names or other marks, straight with clean boards and pages , 1/4 hole in spine cloth, wrinkle across bear's nose (lifting tab), head flap crease worn, bottom corner a bit rubbed, two 1/16" rubbed areas on cover, pages toned.
10581 Little Tommy Stuffin by Henry C. Tinsley.
Tinsley, Henry C.,
/HCT, illustrator.

"A Christmas Story for Bad Little Boys" and a tongue in cheek story about how Kris Kringle cured spoiled Tommy Stuffin with a hot mustard plaster. The author was the coeditor of the Staunton Vindicator and a journalist for his entire career. After his death in 1902, his Observations of a Retired Veteran (Civil War) and this book, which had appeared as newspaper columns, were published by a small publisher in book form. The Observations "possess in marked degree the unusual quality of a winning humor coupled with the pathos that is often humor's most exquisite accompaniment; and ... they combine a shrewd if homely wit with a profound knowledge of the workings of the human heart." from the affectionate introduction to Observations by his long time friend.

Staunton, VA: Schultz, 1904. (published as a newspaper item in 1875). an amusing fabric binding of blue horizontally striped cotton material,which appears stuffed, with a plate with redhaired Tommy, no illustrations in text; 5.4x7.75"; 15 pp.
CONDITION: Very Good; a little even soil & fading to cloth, plate has small side nick and pressure marks; owner sticker on endpaper.
20312 The Land of Long Ago by Weedon, pub. by Nister.
Weedon, L. L.
/E. Stuart Hardy [and E. Heatly], pen and ink illustrations.

Humpty Dumpty escorts two children to the other side of a high brick wall at the bottom of the garden and into fairyland, where nursery rhyme and story characters await. Beautiful scenes can be let down to show Cinderella, Little Red Riding Hood, The Sleeping Beauty, Puss in Boots, There Was an Old Woman, and Beauty and the Beast. (Hunt p. 337) The pop-up mechanisms are designed so that young children can operate them.

New York: E. P. Dutton & Co. and London: Ernest Nister, [1898] printed in Bavaria, #263, (dark green replaced endpapers), cream pictorial covered boards with rounded corners, illustrated with five child nursery rhyme characters, Little Miss Muffet, etc. in a meadow, and toy soldiers on front, plain back, dark green leatherette spine, little sepia pictures on every page of text; includes 6 three dimensional fairy tale scenes in colour with die-cut characters and scenery; oblong 32x26.5 cm, 12,5x10.25; c.28 pp.
CONDITION: Good Plus; no names or other marks, top board lightly scratched all over, paper worn through in a few small spots, bottom board grubby and deeply scratched, extremities moderately worn; without disturbing original spine, a professional conservator has reinforced some pages at gutter and replaced the endpapers; flip-down platforms of pop-ups slightly dog-eared at gutter from closing, darkened pages smudged throughout; all pop-ups in excellent condition, nothing torn, wrinkled, missing or unattached, and very bright.
Zheleznova, Irina, trans.
/Alexei Barsukov, illustrator.

A pop-up folk tale in a snug little house with five animal friends who are visited by seven wolves; animal personalities rather commercial looking, but the Russian cottage interior is enchanting.

Malysh Publishers, no words (1984). Pop-up, continuous cutout card strip forming doubled covers and book pages, black on cover with circular hole on back from which emerge fleeing wolves, 8.3x9.5; c 14 "pages" .
CONDITION: Very Good; no names or other marks, some creases near bottom spine and on rear wolves, which also have 1" closed tear (it is tempting, but futile, to try to pull them out.)
Chunky Cottage, a shape book by Chloe Preston.
[Preston, Chloe?]
/[Chloe Preston, unascribed]

Mrs. Chunky is bedridden and cannot take care of the ducks or take their eggs to market. Although the thought of Bedelia taking over is worrisome, Mrs. Chunky has no choice. But Bedelia has a bright solution for carrying the fragile eggs! She simply boils them for three hours before setting off. Although this book has no author named, the humorous text has to be Chloe Preston's. A later American edition, probably simpler.

Springfield, Mass. USA: McLoughlin Bros., (1929) #378; shaped paper boards fully illustrated with the front and back of a cottage; in the front a toy Mrs. Chunky is feeding toy docks, in the back Bedelia looks out the window; brown cloth recessed spine, np with a list of Chunky Cottage, Chunky Store, Chunky Scouts, Good Ship Chunky in the back; pages with decorative cottage outline border and little coloured picture on each; approx. 7.75x11.25"; np..
CONDITION: Fair, boards are straight and edges nice, some deterioration of spine cloth, rubbed corners on spine boards; first two boards are taped together with modern clear tape (not ours!) which has recently caused a cracked spine on the next opening, light foxing on two page margins, all other pages and boards present, flat, and clean.