Philadelphia: Fisher and Brother, circa 1860. Hardcover. A miniature biography of Benjamin Franklin. Brown cloth boards with gilt title and decoration to spine and front board. One inch tear to bottom of rear joint and amateur glue repair to book cloth on foot of spine. Chipping to spine ends, wear to edges and corners of boards, small loss to book cloth on rear board, and soiling to covers. Inscription to front free endpaper from a teacher to her student as a reward of merit, dated 1867. Occasional spots of foxing to interior, but clean overall. Size: 3 x 2.25 inches. MINI/081723. Very Good.
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Boston: G.W. Cottrell, circa 1833. Hardcover. Early edition, uncommon. (Priced with condition in mind.) Copyright date listed on title page as 1833 by Monroe & Francis. With numerous handcolored illustrations. Bound in the original blue cloth boards with gilt title to front board. Large split to book cloth along front hinge and spine. Split has amateur glue repair along exterior. Interior hinges have been reinforced with pasted down paper strips. Rubbing and a few spots of soiling to boards. Wear to corners, edges, and spine ends. Pen and pencil markings to endpapers. Spots of foxing, soiling, browning, antiquated pen notations, and dampstaining to interior. Missing pages 11/12, 13/14, 15/16, 17/18, 19/20, 21/22, 41/42, and 55/56. Large open tear to one page. 96 pages including one page advertisement. CHILD/080423. Good.
New York: Leavitt & Allen. Hardcover. In original light brown paper wrappers with hand colored illustration of a robin and black title to front cover. Tape repair to spine. Interior pages are disbound with remnants of original cord binding laid in. Interior has seven short stories including the death of cock robin with handcolored woodcut illustrations throughout. Occasional finger smudges and spots of foxing and soiling - but clean overall. Size: about 4.25 x 3 inches. 16 pages. CHILD/080423. Very Good.
New York: Hodder & Stoughton, (1912). Hardcover. Uncommon. A sweet story about a young engaged couple - and their talking cat - who secures them a position at court. Faded purple paper covered boards with color illustration of well dressed cat delivering a letter. Red title to front board. Stab bound with two knotted cords. Chipping to spine ends and minor wear to edges of boards. Fading to purple paper. Lacks color frontispiece. Green and purple floral endpapers. Occasional spots of soiling and finger smudges, but clean ovearll. 31 pages. 2.5 x 2.5 inches. CHILD/080923. Very Good.
New York: D. Appleton & Company, 1903. Hardcover. Facsimile edition of the edition printed at Newcastle by E. Walker for T. Bewick and Son in 1818 and 1823. Red cloth boards with paper title label to spine. Browning to spine and title label, chipping to spine ends, and minor wear to edges of boards. Slight roll to spine. Top edge gilt. A scattering of foxing, but clean and bright overall. Half of rear free endpaper has been removed. Wood Engraved illustration for each fable along with an "application" or moral. 376 pages. CHILD/081523. Very Good.
Concord N.H. Rufus Merrill, 1854. Hardcover. Includes 6 booklets divided into parts of 16 pages each: My Flower-Pot, Book About Birds, Stories About Dogs, People of the Old World, Book About America, and Indian Anecdotes. Filled with poems, prose, and charming engravings. Bound in the original pink / tan cloth boards with rubbed gilt title to spine. Soiling to boards, rolled spine, occasional finger smudges and spots of soiling to interior. Previous ownership signature in pen dated 1859 to front free endpaper. Size: 4.5 x 3 inches. CHILD/080923. Very Good.
Chicago: Reilly and Britton Co., 1905. Hardcover. Baum's introduction discusses the history and custom of the Christmas stocking. Illustrated with color plates and with black and white line drawings within the text. Color frontis and title page. Red paper covered boards with dark green title and holly design to front board along with pasted down color vignette illustration. Dark green title to spine. Slight loss to top front corner and wear to other corners, edges, and spine ends. Clean, bright interior. 119 pages plus 4 pages of ads. Size: 4 x 3 inches. CHILD/080923. Very Good.
New York: Garden City Publishing Co., Inc, 1938. Hardcover. Features an introduction by Lionel Barrymore, who played Scrooge in a radio broadcast a few years prior to publication. Bound in dark red cloth boards with white box including gilt title to spine and front board. Browning to spine, wear to edges of boards, and water stains (in shape of a glass) to front board. (Don't use books as coasters!!) Occasional spots of foxing to interior, but clean overall. With many full page color plates as well as small line drawn vignettes. Size: Quarto. 131 pages. LIT/082423. Very Good.
New York: Leavitt & Allen, circa 1850. Hardcover. The editor notes in the preface that he owns all of Mother Goose's original manuscripts with her latest corrections and this edition includes it all - "real, original, and uncorrupted." He also notes that the embellishments "are from the sketches of an artist who was a contemporary of Mother Goose, and they were presented to her by him shortly before her lamented death. I found them in a portfolio in the drawer of a very ancient black walnut bureau, preserved in the family as a relic. Of course they have never before been published" (preface). Bound in the original pink / tan cloth boards with gilt title and decoration to front board. Embossed decoration to both boards. Browning to spine and foxing with spots of soiling / rubbing to boards. Wear and fraying to spine ends and corners. Spots of soiling throughout interior. A few splits to binding, but all pages remain bound. Two pages have long closed tears that have been repaired with tape. Chipping to edges of several pages. Charming engravings on each page. [64 pages.] Size: 4.5 x 6 inches. CHILD/080923. Very Good.
New York: Frederick A. Stokes Company, 1890. Hardcover. A quite scarce Victorian children's book illustrated by Maud Humphrey and with verse by Helen Gray Cone. Maud Humphrey (1868 – 1940) was a commercial illustrator, watercolorist, and suffragette from the United States. She was the mother of the actor Humphrey Bogart and frequently used her young son as a model. She won a Louis Prang and Company competition for Christmas card design and then began working for the New York publisher Frederick A. Stokes as an illustrator. From the 1890s through the 1920s, her work included child portraits, "illustrating calendars, greeting cards, postcards, fashion magazines, and more than 20 story books." Her artwork featuring children garnered the moniker the "Humphrey Baby." [Wikipedia] Helen Gray Cone (1859 – 1934) was a poet and professor of English literature. She spent her entire career at Hunter College in New York City. This delightful book features six charming chromolithograph illustrations of the tiny toddlers along with seven pages of line drawings to accompany the poems. Printed on recto only. Some light offsetting of chromolithographs to the blank pages and title page. Bound in color pictorial boards with a red cloth spine. Some light bumping and rubbing to corners and of boards and spine edges. Offsetting to front pastedown and free endpaper from a piece of paper. Very good plus condition and probably never touched by a child. Measures 11 x 14 inches. CHILD/091123. Very Good+.
New York: Spinney and Perkins, 1884. Softcover. A charming Victorian "shape book" for children that has chromolithographic paper covers die-cut into the shape of a butterfly's wing. Its creator was Elizabeth Bullock Humphrey (1841–1889), also credited as Lizbeth, Lizzie, or L. B. Humphrey, was an American illustrator active in the 19th century. Humphrey and other women who studied at Cooper Union are considered some of the first women to receive recognition as illustrators in the United States. After attending Cooper Union, Humphrey illustrated for various magazines and books, including both children's and general magazines. She designed greeting cards, gift books, and other paper goods for publishers L. Prang and Company and Lee and Shepard [Wikipedia]. The text recounts the adventures of Girl Goldie amid the butterflies and flowers in the garden. Every other page of text has a color chromolithographic of the little girl and the butterflies. There are 12 chromolithographs. Covers are lightly nicked along the edges. Pages have a bit of soiling and occasional brown spots, particularly on the last text page. Creasing to a small round end to the text pages. Bound with brown and cream silk yarn ties. Very good condition. Measures about 7 x 9.5 inches. Unpaginated [20 pages] CHILD/081823. Very Good.
Ft. Lauderdale, FL: Dorothy Krause, 2007. Hardcover. Number 14 of 26 copies. Numbered and signed by the book artist. This book was inspired by a Little Red Riding Hood doll that the artist had as a child. "When Little Red is turned upside down, the wolf, in grandmother's clothing, is revealed under her skirts. A long lost music box, embedded in her back, played 'Who's Afraid of the Big Bad Wolf.'" Includes text from the poem "Silver and Gold" by Ellen Steiber (1994). The featured wood engraving is by Gustav Dore (1869). Fine in red cloth boards with black title and illustration printed on front cover. The book is accordion bound and printed in black and red. Unpaginated (6 pages). ARTB/051923. Fine.
New York: Charles Scribner's Sons, 1895. Hardcover. First US Edition. A delightful collection of poetry with charming illustrations by Charles Robinson. Very good in the original green cloth boards with gilt illustration to front board and spine. Gilt title to spine. Minor fading to spine, gentle bumping to corners, and minor wear to spine ends. Offsetting throughout the interior from illustrations and even toning througout, but clean and bright overall. Bookplate to front pastedown and ownership signature in pen dated 1895. A classic children's book. 137 pages. CHILD/072023. Very Good.
"Tranquility," Southern MD: The Prototype Press, 2023. Hardcover. Number 9 of 28 copies. This is a handsome and inventive edition of Kipling's famous short story from The Jungle Book about a mongoose, Rikki-Tikki, who bravely battles two large cobras that threaten the family who adopted him. After a devastating flood separates Rikki-Tikki from his parents, a family finds the mongoose and nurses him back to health. Mark Sarigianis writes: My first introduction to Kipling’s Rikki-tikki-tavi was through the Chuck Jones animated film. Although it was made before my time, a home-recorded VHS from a network rerun was in my childhood home. Even at an early age, I knew there was something serious and cared for in the art direction and style, especially when compared to the standard Saturday morning cartoons of the day. When my oldest child fell in love with the cartoon last year, printing an edition of the original story seemed like an easy choice for the press. It was not until reaching out to the Chuck Jones estate that the project took on an unusual direction for a fine press edition. The estate did a fantastic job archiving early sketches that Chuck made for the movie, and as I looked through them, I was drawn to a series focused specifically on the evolution of the titular character and his movements. This is the series that made it into the book, printed from photopolymer plates made from high resolution scans of the sketches. The artwork focuses on Rikki-Tikki-Tavi, while the book's design elements are meant to evoke the stories king cobra villains, Nag and Nagaina. He continues to write about Chuck Jones: "In a career spanning over 70 years, American animator-director Charles Martin Jones (1912-2002), more famously known as Chuck Jones, forged a legacy during the Golden Age of Animation, creating some of the most acclaimed and brilliantly designed cartoons and films during his lifetime. He made more than 300 animated films, winning three Oscars as director and in 1996 an honorary Oscar for Lifetime Achievement. Jones's animation mastery was unparalleled. His character creations, such as Bugs Bunny, Daffy Duck, Road Runner and Wile E. Coyote, have possibly inspired more laughter across the globe over six generations than any other film maker." The Prototype Press is operated by Mark Sarigianis and is based in Southern Maryland. It was originally founded by David Johnston in 2011 as Sharp Teeth Press in San Francisco. Mark and David rebranded as The Prototype Press in 2014 in Oakland shortly before David tragically passed away in 2015. By producing fine press books, the press aims at fulfilling its primary mission of preserving the traditions of typecasting, letterpress printing and hand bookbinding. The Prototype Press edition of Rikki-tikki-tavi is printed in an edition of 28 copies. The typeface used for the text is handset Italian Old Style, designed by Frederic Goudy. The gold-foiled typeface in various sizes is Libra, designed by Sjoerd Henrik de Roos, which was chosen to reference the use of an Uncial typeface in the movie. The pages were printed damp on custom handmade cotton paper from The Saint-Armand paper mill. It is half-bound in black goat leather with yellow covers. A copy of the 1975 animated film is included on a USB drive and the book is housed in a slipcase. In fine condition. It measures 11x15 inches. 25 pages + colophon. With prospectus. PRI/091223. Fine.
Philadelphia: Davis, Porter & Co., circa 1860. Paperback. Filled with rhymes for children and hand colored woodcut illustations. Cream paper wrappers with illustration to front cover. Minor soiling and rubbing to wrappers. Dampstain to bottom corner of cover and all interior pages. Penned gift inscription to inside of front cover, dated 1868. Occasional small spots of soiling to interior. Stab bound with white string. 8 pages. Size: about 5.25 x 3.25 inches. CHILD/080423. Very Good.
New York, London: Geo. C. Whitney, Hildensheimer & Faulkner, circa 1900. Paperback. A die cut shape book in the shape of a shoe bound with cord and tassle. Chipping and wear to edges of both covers with a few creases to rear cover. The cord has pulled out of several pages and at some point the book was resewn with thread; however, the pages were rebound out of order. The title page is near the end of the book and one additional page is out of order, but no missing pages. Pen marking to one page, smudge marks, and soiling to other pages. Short closed tear to one page. Includes 6 chromolithographs and 6 sepia illustrations. A well loved copy of this classic children's tale. [14 pages.] CHILD/080923. Very Good.