SOME CAT BOOKS 9/20

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OLDER CAT BOOKS

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20154 anon ["rhymes by A. L. O. E. on Sheldon publication]/John Karst, illustrator, uncredited. Tit Tiny and Tittens.
New York: McLoughlin Bros. Manufacturers, 30 Beekman St., [1863 - 1870 at this address]; "Big Picture Series - New"; "printed in oil colors", last book listed on the back in this series, each costing 37 cents; unlike the Sheldon version, the front cover has all three kittens creeping out of a blue dish onto a burgundy and green tablecloth with blue morning glories around; each page has the white kittens playing against a black background and three verses of poetry admonishing good kitten behaviour, each page is blank on the back; all six pages present; 9x11.5 .Toploader large softcover.
https://www.oldchildrensbooks.com/books/tit-tiny-and-tittens-20154
The stories of these kittens show a less romantic view of childhood, Tittens being especially naughty. The kittens' white fur shines against the saturated black background and the deep coloured objects they happen to be playing with. A variety of flowers loved by Victorians as background.
CONDITION: Reference Copy, really a collection of pages with pinholes where they have been hung, 1899 Christmas gift inscription, 1866 written on cover in a 19th c hand; among other problems, each page has tears that reach the illustrations (mended with archival tape) and the back has three long rough tears. Colours are just as beautiful as shown, but condition is worse than it appears in jpgs, not suitable for resale as prints..                                                            25.00
A picture containing photo, indoor, monitor, sitting</p />
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14523 Keller, Gottfried./Maximilian Liebenwein, illustrator. Spiegel das Katzchen.
Zurich: Amalthea Verlag, (1922), white paper boards with black and red titles and stamped cat head, flowered endpapers with cats, 8 chromolithos and numerous b/w illustrations in text, dated 1921, in tissue wrap,Small Swiss German language hardback.
Spiegel, (Mirror) a cat so called because of his shiny fur, is clever, polite and worldly. A fable and fairy tale by the Swiss poet, part of a collection first published in 1856. The illustrator Liebenwein (1869-1925) was an Austrian-German painter in the impressionist and Art Nouveau styleshttps://www.oldchildrensbooks.com/books/spiegel-das-katzchen-14523
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CONDITION: Very Good Plus; neat name on flyleaf, boards are very slightly browning on edges, having been protected by tissue wrap which has edgewear all around and a detached flap, interior fine.                                                                                                                               65.00
An old photo of a person</p />
</p><p>Description automatically generated22028 Kold, Christen./Johannes Larsen, illustrator. Historien om den lille Mis
København: Det Danske Forlag, 1955/1905, 2nd printing of this reproduction; foreword by Steen Johansen and Knud Henriksen; grey boards with red cloth spine and drawing of a little cat and a fox; large illustrations on every spread after Johannes Larsen's woodcuts (black and white only); oblong, 11.25x9"; np.. Danish language hardback.
https://www.oldchildrensbooks.com/books/historien-om-den-lille-mis-22028
A little kitten goes exploring in the Danish countryside without her mother because she wants to catch mice herself. With woodcut illustrations from the original watercolour illustrations by Larsen. A story which originated in 1865 in an ABC/Nursery story book.
CONDITION: Very Good Plus, tiny collector initials, corners bumped, board margins toned, clean and unwrinkled 45.00
 
 
REALISTIC ANIMAL ILLUSTRATORS
A cat with its mouth open</p />
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20176 Bradbury, Bianca./Diana Thorne, illustrator. Muggins.
Boston: Houghton Mifflin, Nursery Books, 1944/1944 probably 1st, on title page, no verso; green cloth boards with kitten face, no endpapers as published, in green jacket with green eyed Muggins and paw prints, more kitten portraits on the back; 6x8"; np Picture Book Hardback.
https://www.oldchildrensbooks.com/books/muggins-20176
Muggins explored the world outside his mother's box, got into all sorts of trouble, and reformed. For the cat lover. Watercolour pictures in greys and blacks with green touches by a famous animal illustrator.
CONDITION: Very Good in Very Good jacket; no names or other marks, top and bottom edges foxed and also an area in bottom back margin, otherwise very nice with sharp corners and clean boards and pages; in jacket with minor rubs to extrems and pale spot near slightly darkened spine, nice department store sticker on rear flap for .85; unclipped 0.85.                           50.00
 
A picture containing indoor, cabinet, table, kitchen</p />
</p><p>Description automatically generated12701 Herriot, James./Peter Barrett, illustrator. Moses the Kitten.
St. Martin's, (1984 thus, 1974); 4to, np. Shiny, full colour pictorial boards with a black kitten and her sheep farm; 8.6x10.9; 25 pp.Picture Book hardback.
https://www.oldchildrensbooks.com/books/moses-the-kitten-12701
"a tiny, bedraggled kitty found tucked beside a frozen pond, who is nursed back to health on a nearby farm." One of a series of stories taken from Herriot's All Creatures books, and presented as a picture book, well-illustrated.
CONDITION: Near Fine in Very Good Plus jacket; gift inscription, in clipped dw with half inch, 2.5 inch tear.                                                                                                                                6.00
 
A cat sitting in a room</p />
</p><p>Description automatically generated11245 Herriot, James./Ruth Brown, illustrator. Oscar, Cat About- Town.
St. Martin's, 1990; BOMC book club. Shiny, full colour pictorial boards, 8.6x10.9"; c.25 pp. Picture Book hardback.
https://www.oldchildrensbooks.com/books/oscar-cat-about-town-11245
Oscar turned up at Herriot's vet practice bedraggled, but as he got better he loved to see what was happening in town, the Women's Institute Hat Making Contest, the jumble sale, the school soccer match. The boys from his first family spotted him there, but when the Herriots went to visit him 20 miles away, he was busy checking out the brass band practice at the village hall. One of the very inexpensive and very nice picture books made from the All Creatures Great and Small series.
CONDITION: Fine without jacket; no names or other marks, corners sharp.                        6.00
 
A grey cat with its mouth open</p />
</p><p>Description automatically generated22211 Charushin, E. (Evgeny) /EC, illustrator. Why Tulip Does Not Catch Birds (in Russian) (Why Tuppy Doesn't Chase Birds, an English title.)
Moscow: 1964, paper covers with all around painting of Tuppy lying on a tree branch and watching the birds, "endpapers" or inside of cover with fireflies on a tan background, many illustrations, 8.4 x 10.9; table of contents for six stories, 22 pp. Russian Language softcover.
https://www.oldchildrensbooks.com/books/why-tulip-does-not-catch-birds-i...
Charushin was a master at creating animal drawings, full of character, so appealing, yet not "cute". If you like kittens it matters not at all that you don't speak Russian. You'll be able to see just how Tulip feels about birds!
CONDITION: Very Good, no names or other marks, darkening a bit, lightly rubbed spine, otherwise clean and unwrinkled.                                                                                            28.00
 
MIDCENTURY STORIES WITH CATS
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5637 Evans, Katherine./KE, illustrator. Raphael's Cat
Bobbs-Merrill, 1961, 1st printing; 8.7x11.2, np. Picture Book hardback.
https://www.oldchildrensbooks.com/books/raphaels-cat-5637
Cheerful warm pictures of Raphael, his cat, and his Mexican village, as they prepare for the feast of St. Anthony, when the priest will bless the animals. Then the beautiful Oreana disappears.
CONDITION: Very Good in Good jacket; clean boards with tiny bump, paper browning; in deeply clipped dw with scuffing and 2" front tear.               22.00,
 
A fabric surface</p />
</p><p>Description automatically generated6438 Gay, Romney (Phyllis Britcher)./RG, illustrator. Cinder's Secret.
Grosset & Dunlap, Artists and Writers Guild, 1943. Plain lib. binding. Picture Book Hardback
https://www.oldchildrensbooks.com/books/cinders-secret-6438
Toby and Sue don't know where Cinder disappears to after breakfast every morning, but then they find her and her three kittens in an old tool house. One for Sue, one for Toby, and the yellow one for Cinder. Another story in this sweet series for little children.
CONDITION: Very Good without jacket; ex-lib few marks.                12.00
 
5169 Boyle, Kay./Lilian Obligado, illustrator. Pinky in Persia.
A close up of text on a white background</p />
</p><p>Description automatically generatedCrowell, 1968, 1st printing; White with ochre, red and orange reinforced pictorial binding. np. Juvenile hardback.
https://www.oldchildrensbooks.com/books/pinky-in-persia-5169
While staying with his family in Iran, Pinky explores their Persian garden, where everything is twice as big, including a Persian bat. Boyle's own cat disappeared in Teheran. Sequel to Pinky the Cat Who Liked to Sleep.
CONDITION: Near Fine without jacket; no names or other marks, binding bright, crisp.                                                                                                     6.00
A cat sitting on a table</p />
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14458 Wahl, Jan./Garth Williams, illustrator. Push Kitty
New York: Harper & Row, (1968); coloured pictorial boards with disgruntled kitten dressed in pajamas and nightcap; 4to; np; Picture Book hardback.
https://www.oldchildrensbooks.com/books/pus h-kitty-14458
A young mama pushes her sulky dressed up kitten all over town. Her kitten is thinking only of Escape!
CONDITION: Very Good without jacket; top back corner bumped, red owner name free front endpaper.                                                            32.00 
 
A painting of a person</p />
</p><p>Description automatically generated19649 Coatsworth, Elizabeth./Katherine Keeler, illustrator. The Kitten Stand.
Grosset & Dunlap, Story Parade Picture Book, designed by Artist and Writers Guild, 1944, presumed 1st, no other titles listed for 1944 or subsequently; yellow boards with a pastel drawing of Kate and a basket of kittens, teal endpapers with white kittens, in jacket identical to boards; 8x9"; np. Picture Book Hardback
https://www.oldchildrensbooks.com/books/the-kitten-stand-19649
When Kate heard her father say that Jumpy's kittens should be chloroformed she could hardly believe her ears. Thus began Trudy and Kate's efforts to find new homes for all the kittens, and more. GAD created Story Parade Picture Books from the most popular stories that had appeared in Story Parade magazine, many written and illustrated by famous authors and artists. These GAD originals were nicely made and "offered at a price so modest that every child is able to own the best."
CONDITION: Very Good Plus in Very Good jacket; gift inscription, wear to bottom 1/16" of spine, in jacket with 1/16" chips from spine ends and 3/8" rubbed tear at bottom corner, no other flaws, but it is darkening inside and has a thin, lightly rumpled appearance.                      35.00
 
A close up of a sign</p />
</p><p>Description automatically generated20755 Cooper, Lettice./Mary Shillabeer, illustrator. Blackberry's Kitten.
New York: The Vanguard Press, Inc., (1963) probably 1st US, yellow cloth boards, blue top edge and endpapers, in jacket with Mark, Jane, and the kitten pictured; 8vo; 94 pp. Juvenile hardback.
https://www.oldchildrensbooks.com/books/blackberrys-kitten-20755
A pleasant view of an English small town in the 60's as Jane tries her very best to place her kitten in a good home. The next-door neighbor doesn't like cats, or children. Nice cat drawings similar to Newberry.
CONDITION: Very Good Plus in Good jacket; no name (erased) or other marks, straight, clean, bumps to spine ends, in darkening white jacket with little loss of paper but wear at spine ends and 4 1" tears on back; unclipped 3.00.                                                                             28.00
 
A close up of a sign</p />
</p><p>Description automatically generated21419 Le Grand (Edy LeGrand)/LG, illustrator. What About Willie?
New York: Garden City Publishing Company, Inc., (1939) likely 1st; in white boards with a picture of a scared Willie and his shadow and green titles on front and back, green cloth wrapped spine, front endpaper has black paw prints running across it and back has Willie from behind staring over a fence; in jacket identical to boards, the back flap with an order form for a child to give to the bookseller with books for .50 to 1.00; 7.9x10.3"; np. Picture Book Hardback.
https://www.oldchildrensbooks.com/books/what-about-willie-21419
It's a cold rainy night, Willie needs a home and Tommy needs a kitten, and they almost missed each other.
CONDITION: Near Fine in Very Good jacket; attractive collector plate of Lucille Phillips Morrison Doll Lady, (and author of Lost Queen of Egypt) straight, tight, white clean boards, sharp corners and spine ends, tiny (1/32") indent on back, fresh white pages; in clipped jacket lightly toned around margins and spine, half inch creased tear on front and smaller chip on back, flecks to white in green spine and one tiny tear.                                                                           85.00
 
FANTASY, CARTOON, CUTE CATS, (USUALLY KITTENS)
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8295 Evers, Helen and Alf./H&AE, illustrator. More About Copy-Kitten.
Rand McNally, 1942/1940. 6.5x7.75; c 56 pp. Picture Book hardback.
https://www.oldchildrensbooks.com/books/more-about-copy-kitten-8295
Although this one's a little out of our area, we've always loved the Evers' rounded funny pictures. Copy Kitten, unable to copy successfully, is now dead set against any copying at all, but learns to modify his views.
CONDITION: Very Good without jacket; moderate bumping and wear to extrems, light reading wrinkles.                                                            15.00
A picture containing text, book, sitting, cat</p />
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13735 Rabier, Benjamin./BR, illustrator. Les Tribulations d'un Chat.
Paris: Editions Jules Tallandier, Nov., 1907. Clothbacked full coloured dark green boards with White cat; 12.5x9.5 inches; 64 pp. French language hardback.
https://www.oldchildrensbooks.com/books/les-tribulations-dun-chat-13735
A naughty cat who observes the results of his many escapades with joy! At the end, he retires happily to Charing Cross with a kind governess and his old friend Bob the dog. Cartoon-like adventures of cat, with many drawings, half in colour. Cartoon-like adventures of cat, with many drawings, half in colour.
CONDITION: Good Minus; no names, all edges chipped, corners worn through, soft endpapers badly chipped in rear, spine soiled, bumped, and cracked two inches at bottom front, interior nice.                                                                                                                                        95.00
 
14369 Fischer, Hans./HF. Pitschi.
New York: Harcourt, Brace, and Company, Inc. (US 1953)/[Zurich 1951] first or year of publication US printing; blue paper pictorial boards with Pitschi alone in the forest, decorated olive, white, and blue, kitten-and--yarn endpapers, 13 x 9" oblong; np Picture book hardback.
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"The kitten who always wanted to be something else. A sad story, but one which ends well." Beautiful flower and light filled lithos of old Lisette's farm, originally on stone. Follows "The Birthday".
CONDITION: Very Good in Very Good jacket no names, green REMAINDER mark on bottom edge near spine, all extremities worn on jacket and book, especially spine foot; light edgewear to jacket top edge; interior without flaw, unclipped 3.00.                                                      25.00
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14389 Hale, Kathleen./KH, illustrator. Orlando, the Marmalade Cat, A Seaside Holiday.
London: Country Life Limited, (1952), full colour illustrated boards, early printing, folio, 32 pp. Picture Book hardback tall ex-lib .
https://www.oldchildrensbooks.com/books/orlando-the-marmalade-cat-a-seas...
Beautiful bright lithographs. Includes date stamp sheet for West Riding County Library first dated 30/6/53.
CONDITION: Disbound; Fair boards; ex-library, few marks: the boards are Fair to Good soiled, with severely bumped and rubbed corners and splaying on top board, that said, (!) the pages are moderately clean with no tears, "Too large for flat rate. Additional postage required for priority or international."        38.00 
 
 
 
 
A sign on the side of a building</p />
</p><p>Description automatically generated16999 Averill, Esther./EA, illustrator. Jenny's Birthday Book.
New York: Harper & Row, (1954) c. 1980; 10x7.4; green cloth pictorial lib binding with Jenny on bench, gold endpapers, in jacket identical to boards; oblong 10.1x7.5; 32 pp. Picture Book Hardback, ex-lib.
https://www.oldchildrensbooks.com/books/jennys-birthday-book-16999
A simple story of Jenny's birthday party. Handlettered, with alternate full colour and b/w drawings on every other page.
CONDITION: Good Minus in Very Good jacket; ex-lib, some marks, no external signs, pocket trace rep, no edge stamps, a few small stamps; rubbed bottom edges, heavy reading wrinkles, soil on some pages, three 1" margin tears; in nice  bright clipped jacket with light corner wear and spine faded to blue.                                                                                                    25.00
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17261 Austin, Margot./MA, illustrator. Gabriel Churchkitten.
New York: Dutton, 1943/1942, 3rd; in yellow boards with Gabriel and a nesting bird tied to his head; endpapers with Gabriel sitting on a stack of hymns and his friends; 4to; np. Picture Book hardback.
https://www.oldchildrensbooks.com/books/gabriel-churchkitten-17261
Dear Gabriel wears his thinking hat as he and his friends try and try to figure out a way to prevent Pease Porridge from walking in his sleep.
CONDITION: Good without jacket, red owner name, loosening with rumpled spine cloth and 2.5 inch tear; bumps and rubs to extrems, light soil to boards.       14.00
 
A cat sitting in front of a sign</p />
</p><p>Description automatically generated19820 Williams, Gweneira./Leonard Weisgard, illustrator. Timid Timothy.
New York: Young Scott Books, (1944) possible 1st or early; yellow boards with Timothy sitting in the flowers and looking askance at a mouse; endpapers with Timothy and some (terrifying) stuffed animals, in dustjacket identical to boards, 8x5.5"; np. Picture Book Hardback
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Weisgard fills the pages of this small book almost to the edges, so that the creatures which frighten Timothy seem to lurk with real menace, even though the small listener knows they are harmless.
CONDITION: Good Plus in Good jacket; name and number on title page, straight and clean, light spot on front cover, light rubs and bumps to extremities, but with 1/2" bump to top corner, top corners of all pages neatly numbered by an adult in pencil; in jacket with neat edges, rubs to spine ends and tiny pull tear; foxed on the inside, which only dulls the front but is visible on back, and a light moisture stain on back, none of this affects boards; unclipped 1.25.          60.00
 
20863 Voake, Charlotte./CV, illustrator. Ginger.
Cambridge, MA: Candlewick Press, (1997) 4th printing US; paper boards with illustration on front of Ginger curled up in her bed and new the little kitten peaking around from behind, on A cat sitting on a table</p />
</p><p>Description automatically generatedthe back, the little girl taking a walk with her two cats; peach endpapers with Ginger looking apprehensive and the little kitten sidling up to him; oblong 11x9.5; np. Picture Book hardback
https://www.oldchildrensbooks.com/books/ginger-20863"Charlotte Voake knows all about cats and their peculiar ways as the reader of this dear and funny book will soon find out." Watercolour and ink in browns, gingers, mauve, and greeny blue on creamy paper, unusual colours for a little child's books which work very well.
CONDITION: Fine in Fine jacket; gift condition, no names or other flaws; unclipped 16.99.18.00
A picture containing photo, holding, food, room</p />
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21825 Bohatta, Ida./Ida Bohatta (Morpurgo) illustrator. Velvet Paws
New York: Ars (1981); orange glossy boards with white titles and little black cat; English version by Mary Lee Theobald, 4.75x5.75"; np. Small hardback.
https://www.oldchildrensbooks.com/books/velvet-paws-21825
A variety of cats introduce themselves in poetry... lost kittens, mother cats and kittens, howling cats, sleeping cats, mousers.
CONDITION: Fine; as new, no names.                                                                                    28.00

21966 Heukelom, (Atie) Agatha Abrahamina Siegenbeek van /AASvanH, illustrator.Arabella de Hemelkat.
Amsterdam: Kris Kras Uitgeverschmaatschappij NV, 1966, presumed 1st (no later publisher's titles mentioned), in the original Dutch, thin card covers with rounded spine, not exactly a paperback, but endpapers are pasted down text; beautiful colour throughout, small 8vo; np. Small Dutch language softcover.
https://www.oldchildrensbooks.com/books/arabella-de-hemelkat-21966
By a Dutch author, illustrator, and graphic artist, who among other works, documented the women's camps in Ravensbruck from personal experience. This is the second of her two children's books; the first, Brieven aan Bernard (or Letters to Bernard), 1964, is advertized on the back inside cover. This little book, though the size of a young child's novel, is filled with handlettered text and delightful watercolour sketches of Arabella, who comes down from Heaven to comfort her small mistress.
CONDITION: Very Good Plus; no names or other marks, sharp corners and spine ends, tight, straight, clean, appears unopened and unread, light foxing on edges, and toning on boards from fixed eps pastedown.                                                                                                              185.00
 
""22022 Arosenius, Ivar/IA, illustrator. Katt-Resan Bilderbok.
Stockholm: Albert Bonniers Forlag; 1955/1909, 13th printing, cream card covers flat cut, WRAPS, with red and black titles and little pictures of all the animals Lillan encounters on her cat journey, outrageous cat on back; ; 16.3x25.5 cm; np. Swedish language softcover.
https://www.oldchildrensbooks.com/books/katt-resan-bilderbok-22022
A funny little girl sits astride her cat with a driving whip (which she doesn't use on the cat) as they go off on adventures. Minimal text. Lots of white space. A little classic. This copy very tight. Interior illustrations of exactly the same size but with a less orange cast are taken from our hardcover 1923/1909 copy.
CONDITION: Very Good; tiny initials and small collector woodcut bookplate; straight, smooth spine, and very clean but with toning and a little foxing around cover margins and spine.38.00

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