Fairy & Folk Tales

Racketty-Packetty House by Burnett; Century 1906, 1st.

Racketty-Packetty House.

Their shabby dolls' house is pushed aside to make room for the Tidy Castle, but the inhabitants of Racketty-Packetty house have a great romps all the same. (With this Burnett title, the American book is the true first.) Please note: THIS BOOK HAS BEEN SOLD



Twinkie Town Tales by Carlyle Emery, Arthur Henderson, ill, Whitman, 1932

Twinkie Town Tales.

The first two of the Hamilton-Brown Shoe Company softcover series, itself compiled from their ads, gathered into one large book. The constantly grinning Twinkies establish their town and work away in a bright colourful world, fully realized with much detail. The rhymes flow smoothly, fun to read aloud.



Little Zee, a Fairy Story  by Julia Moseley Daniels, Sumner 1881

Little Zee, a Fairy Story

A fairy story in six chapters for very little children, about five little fairy brothers who went off on adventures. We get the impression that it wasn't really very far to the king's palace, but it took them "many weary days". The oldest brothers broke their wings among the cruel rocks and went to sleep in the harebells. Only Little Zee, who almost wasn't allowed to come, was able to fly to the palace, rescue the prince, and get his brothers back home (where their mother mended their wings.) An attractive little volume, with the story well told. The illustrations are not credited and I would guess were drawn by the author. Probably written before the author moved south to Florida, see her letters. Issued with variant bindings, see Univ of Florida holding.



The Snow Garden by Elizabeth Wordsworth, Longmans, 1895, 1st.

The Snow Garden & other Tales.

Note: This book has been sold. Dame Elizabeth Wordsworth (1840 - 1942) great-niece of the poet William Wordsworth, was a prolific writer of adult books, the founding and 30 year principal of Lady Margaret Hall, Oxford, and the founder of St. Hugh's college. Perhaps this explains the beautiful binding of this, her only children's book. These are subtle and beautiful original tales for older children, some previously published, some told to her nephews, little boys with whooping cough who were tired of making boats and "gas pipes" out of newspaper.

Perhaps children "when they do not feel equal to reading anything very important or improving... may like to come and sit on the hearth rug by the fire and fancy themselves in fairyland for a few moments. It is not a bad place, and after all, there is something to be learnt there as well as in the lesson books."

The Snow Garden, Who is Master?; The Field of the Lost Tempers; The Astrologer; The Creaking Door; 'Seeing the Kingfisher'; Burning One's Luck; The Rocking-horse; Sir Dugald; The Changeling. Note: This book has been sold.



The Last of the Huggermuggers by Cranch; Phillips, Sampson, 1856, 1st.

The Last of the Huggermuggers.

Little Jacket is stranded with his companions on the island home of dying giant race. Jackie escapes on a ship and returns again with plans to capture the giant, but the Huggermuggers are so large and so kind that he and his friends relent. All would have ended happily were it not for the traitorous dwarf Kobboltozo. Inscribed "For Marion R. Lord, with the hope that she will remember with affection her uncle R. C. W., April 9, 1856."  A wonderful fantasy, then and now, and pivotal in American children's literature: a well produced hardback book, but from the genre of entertaining chapbooks rather than moral realistic stories. We also have a much loved, inexpensive first of the sequel, Kobboltozo.



Flower Legends for Children by Hilda Murray, /J. S. Eland, ill. Longmans [1901].

Flower Legends for Children.

Very short folkloric legends, Christian and classical legends, all having to do with flowers and trees: The Moss Rose, The Tulip, The Forget-me-not, The Rowan, The Aspen, illustrated  in a romantic, fluid version of Walter Crane. All illustrated on thick paper in lithos from watercolour and fine line. Note: This book has been sold.



Fairy Legends of the French Provinces. Cary (Carey). Crowell, 1887, 1903.

Fairy Legends of the French Provinces.

Thirty-four short tales from the provinces of France, some from the colonies, with the transcriber named.



Mother Earth's Children by Elizabeth Gordon, /M. T. Ross, ill

Mother Earth's Children: the Frolics of the Fruits and Vegetables.

A much later reprint of the 1914 Volland original, with clean pages and quite nice interior colour and paper quality for a Wise-Parslow, although the binding pales. Wise-Parslow purchased the Volland books in the early 30's and thus any Wise-Parslow copy of this book is definitely NOT a first edition or even a "first thus", despite what you may see online.
NOTE: This book has been SOLD.



The Wild Flower Fairy Book by Singleton, C. B. Falls, ill. 15/16 plates present

The Wild Flower Fairy Book. (Wildflower).




A Round Dozen by Coolidge, Susan. /F. Merrill, illustrator. 1890/1883

A Round Dozen.

A collection of stories for young children: Queen Blossom, Toinette and the Elves, Jean's Money and What It Bought. With six pages of ads for Susan Coolidge's books.



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