miniature books

21581 Ant and Bee and the ABC by Banner.

Ant and Bee and the ABC.

A clever ABC: Ant and Bee lose their hats and go looking at the "Lost things saved in boxes place". No luck in the A-Z boxes, but then they found a box called "funny things" and there were the hats! "0" in series but published later, sort of a prequel Note: This book has been sold.

$85.00

 

19354 King Baby.

King Baby and other stories.

Just an incredibly charming little piece. The little children on the cover are dressed in everyday smocks and stockings and the baby in a large bib. The first story shows a large fat baby in a high chair looking down on his doubtless displaced little sister who is being led to him by big sister: " King Ba-by is on the throne. If King Baby smiles WE will smile. If King Baby looks sad WE will be sad. If King Baby holds out his fin-ger and says, "Wah! Wah!" we will walk with him." WorldCat ascribes this to Mary Boyle; there were apparently a series of these.

$150.00

 

19765 Who Stole the Bird's Nest, Prang publishers.

Who Stole the Bird's Nest?

Though this lovely lithographed strip would stand just as decoration, it tells a story as well: First the yellow breast discovers her eggs and nest are missing, then she goes from animal to animal asking about her nest, then the birds and animals converge on the school demanding justice, and Mary Green and Alice Neal sympathize. But "a little boy hung down his head/and went and hid behind the bed/for HE stole that pretty nest/ From poor little yellow breast! And he felt so full of shame/He didn't like to tell his name.... No adult moralizing here at all. There were six little books in this series that were also published together in a box as the Christmas Stocking Library.

$325.00

 

19717 The Little Esop.

The Little Esop. (Aesop)

A charming little book with each verse or story illustrated by a clear woodcut. Although there is no authorship attributed, given the date, the publishers were probably involved. Aesop "became and instructor, and conveyed his lessons of life and manners in the simple and entertaining form of fables; or incidents and dialogues, supposed chiefly amongst the beasts and birds. If these animals could really speak, perhaps we should find them complaining of injustice at having such follies imputed to them; and if there were an Esop amongst them, he might give us THEIR thoughts of US, and so produce the most instructive and amusing book of fables in the world." The Little ... Robinson Crusoe, Pilgrim's Progress, etc also published at this time.

$85.00

 

Merry Legs the Story of a Gee-Gee.

Altogether, a darling little book.

$75.00

 

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