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19785  Toy Animal ABC small Dean's

Toy Animal ABC

A small book with attractive animals in bright colours: a wind up mouse, a Jemima Puddleduck, a carved Noah's Ark ox, a rocking horse, a googlyeyed kitten, several stuffed animals on wheels, and some others standing on squeezable platforms (noisemakers?).



19598 Sunbonnet Babies Dean's Rag

Sunbonnet Babies (Dean's Rag)

Little poems and pictures on each page: Fishing, Skipping, Cricket, Having Tea, Hide and Seek. "Sunbonnet Babies is one of the latest and cleverest of Dean's well-known rag books" The Stationer, Oct. 1908. The early 20th c Sunbonnet Baby craze included this cloth book, which is scarce today. Very little information is to be found on the book itself. See Peter and Dawn Cope's reference.




20183 Puff, Chug, and Toot. cloth book

Puff, Chug, and Toot.

A wordless book for the very young. Inside pages have the little figures engaged with a road grader, a train, a bulldozer, a tug boat, a fire engine, and a milk truck (the girl's picture). Bright, bright primary colours.



20196 HalloNeddy A. E. Kennedy Deans

Hallo, Neddy.

AE Kennedy worked for many different publishers. His career spanned over 45 years. The spirit of these large animals comes across so clearly in this difficult medium of printing on cloth.




20574 Walt Disney's A B C  cloth book

Walt Disney's A B C

Bright little figures and big coloured letters, with almost all the Disney figures, arranged two letters per figure (G galloping H horse = Goofy galloping on a horse.)



Puff! Puff! Dean's Rag Book 1905. [in print 1904 - 1910]

Puff! Puff!

Interesting pictures: A Snowed Up Train in Canada. New Zealand, One of the First Engines, One of the Latest Cars; an electric railway; a mountain railway and airship, Off for a Spin in the Motor, an African Train; Cleaning the Signal Lamp.



Tots' Toys Dean's Rag Book #356.

Tots' Toys.

Toy pictures in bright primary colours in a cute little book.



Favourites. (Dean's Rag Books 6325/1)


A dog, a goat, a duckling, a goose, a horse, and two guinea pigs, all with farmland backgrounds. Just right!



Farmyard Book. Dean's Rag Book #282.

Farmyard Book.

Sweet paintings by a Dean's artist, AE Kennedy, whose animals are particularly full of personality: two ducks, a St. Bernard puppy, two robins, two guinea pigs and a carrot, a wistful cow, and two lambkins This copy with a lighter and greener sky than the Cope's. Scarce.

Albert Ernest Kennedy (1883 - 1962) was a prolific illustrator of children's animal books from a family involved in the arts. His younger brother Cecil was a noted painter of landscapes and flowers (his grandfather is said to have worked with Corot.) Printed cloth is a rough medium, yet Kennedy's animals all have well defined individual movement and personality.



Dog Toby by Bingham.

Dog Toby by Himself.

An autobiography in poetic form of a very curious dog, with a different Chapter on every page following him through his happy life. All pages are illustrated with large drawings in red, blue, yellow, green, and brown in a quality similar to a hardcover book, rather than a cloth book. Toby seems to be a smooth fox terrier, and in one of his adventures, wins first prize in a dog show.



Little Pets Linen ABC.

Little Pets Linen ABC.

A first primer, with three examples of each initial letter sound in the small pictures "Quaker, Quail, Quiver" and CVC words and sentences to practice on, ending with a simple story. The front cover gives an interesting message about the value of learning to read!



17391 Tom Tom the Piper's Son Kohler's Felt Toy Books Hurlbut.

Tom, Tom the Piper's Son. (Hurlbut, Carl, felt book)

Such an amazing idea! The thin, fine felt takes the print quite clearly and makes a nice light little book, if a bit dull on the cover. Ten nursery rhymes with lively illustrations.





Turn of the century children go through the day from 7 AM to 6 PM in rhyme.



My Indestructible Pet Book by Uncle Herbert.

My Indestructible Pet Book.

Each page has a large print primer story.
"Do you see this dog with a bell?
He must be a very nice dog to ring the bell all alone.
I hope the maid will let him in.."
The fine linen allows for detail in the woodcuts. An early and interesting cloth book.



22183 The Snowman Peggy Cloth Book 102, 1959

The Snowman. Peggy Cloth Book 102, 1959, Sweet book!

A little gem. "There he stood and smiled all day. He smiled at the birds. He smiled at the Rabbit. He smiled at the boys and girls who passed him on their way to school"... but he was lonely so he made friends with the sun. "Until all that was left of him was the smile in the puddle on the ground and it kept right on smiling And Smiling And Smiling..." Sweet, amusing pictures by the artist of "Let's See the ABC" Very hard to find.



20353 Walt Disney's Nursery Rhymes/ Dean's

Walt Disney's Nursery Rhymes/ Dean's

Inside: Bambi as Jack be Nimble; Minnie as Queen of Hearts, Pluto as Little Dog Laughed, Millie/Melody nieces with as Mary and Lamb, Huey, Louey and Dewey as Three Men in a Tub, and Goofy as the astronomer viewing Twinkle Twinkle. Quite a cast! Uncommon in this condition.



20931 A Bow-Wow Book. /Stanley Tyreman Berkeley, ill Dean's

A Bow-Wow Book.

Dogs in action: On the cover, the title encircled by a leash and a white and tan Borzoi, Russian Wolfhound, curled around a terrier type dogs with large upright ears, on the back two black and tan puppies with huge feet, pages comprise: 3 bulldogss "Types of English beauty", a Landseer Newfoundland who has just rescued a doll from the ocean, two setters (English?) guarding a dead pheasant, a fox terrier saying "Good Morning" to a horse, 3 intense terriers staring down a hole, two Great Danes "Warranted 'Quiet to Drive'", a spread with hitched "Esquimaux dogs used for Arctic Sledging", The Poodle's Toilet, Greyhounds Racing, four hound puppies up to mischief, and on the last page miserable puppies with bows in a wicker basket "Home From the Wash." Berkeley, an accomplished artist who died as this book was being published, created the famous company logo.



20352 Walt Disney / Dean's Rag Books Set of 6: Donald Duck, Mickey, Pluto etc.

Complete Set of 1961 Walt Disney / Dean's Rag Books: Titled Walt Disney's.... #6104 Donald Duck and His Nephews; #6105 Mickey the Gardener, #6106 Pluto and his Friends, #6113 Figaro the Playful Kitten, #6114 Dumbo, #6115 Bambi and Thumper.

A very fresh and charming set of six little cloth books, designed in 1961, dated by Sotheby's July, 1980 Sale of Dean's Archives, (Lot 265). Although Disney and Dean's had collaborated previously on toys, this set represented a larger range of characters. It was followed later in the 60's by 4 others including an alphabet book and a mother goose. Individual books, and thus set, are scarce. Ask to see more jpgs.



17503 Outdoor Play Kohler's Felt Toy Books Hurlbut

Outdoor Play.

Hardy children playing outside in all weather: Jan- coasting down the hill, Feb- skating on the ice, Mar- making a snowman (!), Apr- making a garden, May- gathering wildflowers, June- flying kites, July playing in the park, Aug- giving a picnic, SeptOct- gathering leaves, NovDec- on the schoolhouse playground, in the snow. A much snowier and colder world. These are full colour illustrations from gutter to edge.

Wool felt books are sturdy, quiet, light, and warm. Like Japanese crepe paper books, they take colour better than woven cloth. They were briefly popular before WWI, but probably the difficulty of keeping them clean was daunting and they tended to darken easily when exposed to light. They are now rare. Kohler, Co under Anderson & Stoner, had produced fourteen titles in four series in 1908, and Saalfield others. Now, as far as we can tell, there are only about five books in all on Worldcat, in the Library of Ccongress etc., as well as a similar number online.




21479 Little Boy Blue Kohler's Felt Toy Books Hurlbut

Little Boy Blue.

Not nearly in as bright condition as our other felt books, but a good example of how these books withstood play. Little Boy Blue Simple Simon, Little Miss Muffet, Ding, Dong, Bell, Old Woman Who Lived in a Shoe, Baa, Baa Black Sheep, Old King Cole, Pat-a-Cake, Hush-a-Bye Baby, Hey! Diddle Diddle.



20433 Nursery Pets Saalfield Felt Book

Nursery Pets. (Saalfield's Felt Books)

On each page, a short poem and a large full coloured picture "Polly wants a cracker? Polly does of course,/Run and fetch it quick/Or she'll scream until she's hoarse." The publisher's trim on this book appears to be 3/16" too close on the top side, affecting the letters R and Y and also the red margin on the back, but not the interior pages. The felt gives a soft depth of colour and takes fine line very well. These rather rare, turn of the century felt books appear to have been produced in both muslin and felt.



19558 Playmates Sam'l Gabriel 1948


Two and three year olds playing with dolls and sand, just the children and the objects they're using, so the little paintings really stand out. The doubled fabric also makes the pictures brighter, no show through.



21842 Baby's Mother Goose Peggy/Platt 1960s

Baby's Mother Goose.

Bright illustrations with some registers not accurate, perhaps intentional. Although this states "Peggy" the artwork is unrelated to Steiner's cloth Mother Goose, six of the same rhymes though.



22180 My Own Book by Tony Brice

My Own Book.

Big, rounded, baby animals with big eyes for a baby to gaze at.



19828 Baby's Mother Goose. by Charlotte Steiner 1947.

Baby's Mother Goose.

Very appealing primary colour illustrations on white by Steiner, who did many of the early Peggy Cloth-Books. (Do not confuse this with the Platt and Munk 60's Peggy Cloth Book Baby's Mother Goose) This has charming pictures for eight rhymes carefully printed in bright inks with exact register. 7.5x8.5.



22208 Let's Be Friends Peggy cloth

Let's Be Friends.

Actually all of these animals would appear on an ordinary farm except the monkey, but he seems right at home. On the back cover: "All these friends are good to you,/ Now let's see what YOU can do." Despite cloth book claims, washing removes the sizing and they don't iron well.



14317 Billy's Farm Friends. Richardson, ill. Volland

Billy's Farm Friends.

A little boy in short blue overalls introduces us to his friends on the farm. Charming period illustrations.



22185 Three LIttle Books in one volume (Greenaway)

Three Little Books: In one volume, containing Three Little Songs, Five Little Maidens, Three Little Fishes.

Many songs, original short poems and stories, a few nursery rhymes, with pleasant little drawings in imitation of Kate Greenaway. Generally a happy view of childhood. Uncommon thus collected; one in libraries. First published separately in Kate Greenaway Indestructible Series in 1883 (The Five Little Maidens is listed in Schuster 514 Imitation Cloth Books. Ia. )Compiled in 1885 and dated from Babyhood Magazine 1885.



21862 The Jingle Book Mary Dana, Wm Scott

The Jingle Book.

Unique cloth book by a watercolourist and musician containing with each spread the lyrics, simple score, and a large illustration of a traditional rhyme, all in flat lime green, magenta, and Kelly green. Jingle Bells on front and back, O Where o Where Has My Little Dog Gone, Hot Cross Buns, Nut Tree, Cuckoo, Cuckoo, Lavender's Blue, Johnny Is Too Little, and Fast Asleep (Fais Dodo, translation),

A beautiful printing job, with clear details in flat stencil-like illustrations, somewhat like Slobodkina's. Even the signatures on the staffs are exact, the woman's glasses, the telephone cord. The scenes, clothing and details are contemporary (1940), following the Scott/Bank Street philosophy, and the people seem to convey a lot of character and movement in this unlikely medium. . Scarce outside of library special collections.



22184 Ring-Round-a-Rosy. (Greenaway) Saalfield


A sample of the imitations and copying of Greenaway's work in America, where her books were not subject to copyright. Published after her early death. Nice colour printing on muslin of these rather randomly gathered pictures "in part, based on drawings from the Almanacks" Schuster & Egan, 514 Imitation Cloth Books 1b.



22364 Peter Rabbit's Pockets, cloth book as new

Peter Rabbit's Pockets.

"The safe, soft, cloth book that comes with a doll on a ribbon which tucks into 8 pockets." "Safe, Non-Toxic, Colorfast, Washable (I'd take washable with a grain of salt. It will wrinkle and fray but stay bright.) Bright illustrations, not too cartoony. Beautiful gift condition and in original plastic packet, thus very clean. Materials and construction are probably reliable considering the publisher.



21706 Baby's Own Primer, with choice pictures.

Baby's Own Primer, with choice pictures.

An interesting, uncommon alphabet book and reader in bad condition, the fine coated linen allowing good printings of the nicely chosen house illustrations, and oversized syllabified print in the stories. Many dogs, hounds, a very large dog with his eyes on his mistress's cake, and a little terrier.

For Newfoundland dog lovers: "Wasn't it nice that lit-tle Bert had such a friend when he fell in-to the wa-ter? A big, shag-gy friend with long sil-ky ears, a black nose, and a great mouth ... Bru-no sprang right in too, and got him and laid him on the ground, and ran to the house af-ter Bert's folks", probably a true story!




Little Playmates ABC

Little Playmates ABC

The children in the black and white pictures with plain graphics ride bicycles and wear short, plain dresses; the coloured pictures look more like romantic Victorian productions, perhaps from Valentine stock, with lutes and sheep with ribbons and bells. A lovely full colour portrait on the front cover of a boy in knickers peering through a knothole attended by his patient dog. A funny child dressed as a man reading a newspaper on the back. All in all a nice collection of stock illustrations.



The Cow Picture Book. anon. New York: McLoughlin Bros. Inc., #1314, no date. ca

The Cow Picture Book.

A serious cow on the cover: Mostly about Guernsey and Holstein cows, with some sheep and goats. Pictures are from the turn of the century, not in World Cat and scarce.



Birds and Animals. McLoughlin, 1920's.

Birds and Animals.

A beautiful big book, with what I would assume are older chromolithos inside, a bit fainter than the birds on the cover. The sepia pictures are very nice, all by the same anonymous artist. This large book is constructed with half folio sheets glued together, rather than folded sheets.



14317 The Animals' School-treat Clifton Bingham / Cecil Aldin

The Animals' School-Treat.

It was a lovely summer day/That Doctor Leo rose to say/"My pupils dress up nice and neat./And you shall have a grand school-treat" And off they all go in brakes and waggons for a day in the country! A treasure in any condition.

Cecil Aldin, the animal artist and humorist, builds on the wit of Bingham's verses. The animals' expressions are a delight. An early Ragbook produced with fine artwork and writing. Aldin, already an established illustrator, received 10 times the fee of any previous artist and went on to produce several wonderful rag books for Deans. (Cope)




22201 Kiddie's Number Book cloth

Kiddie's Number Book.

Mathematically very nice as it goes from 1 to 12. Also the pictures are gorgeous, with large natural looking farm animals with lots of character appearing in a woodland setting with black "sky" broken by large trees. This book appears as "New" in the McLoughlin 1927 list, and it was expensive in its time. Unfortunately, the good quality linen used in its construction, although it takes detailed lines and colour beautifully, tends to crease, making white lines. Louise Dorothea Tessin (Roats), (1894 - 1962) a California artist, illustrated children's books, activity books, and art education books for McLoughlin and Milton Bradley



19599 Mother Goose and her Friends by Muter

Mother Goose and her Friends.

In the form of story, not rhymes, where two children and Mother Goose met up with other characters from the rhymes as they walk along. Just wonderful bright Deco pictures by Marion Foster on a generously sized book with wide margins.