New York: Junior Literary Guild and The Viking Press, 1936. Hardcover. First Edition. "Skinny is a real gray fox ... His sharp, amber-colored eyes, his sensitive nose, and his curiousity led him into many adventures and finally to the Man-House in the woods" (jacket). Blue cloth boards with red title to spine and red illustration of Skinny to the front cover. Minor toning to margins of pages, but clean and bright overall. In browned illustrated dust jacket with black spine panel titled in white. Chipping and wear to edges of jacket with an open tear to spine panel. A cute book. 111 pages. CHILD/121218. Very Good / Very Good.
Toronto: Cheshire Cat Press, 2017. Number 19 of 42 copies. Signed by the printers and the author of the introduction, who are ardent and well-known Carroll admirers. The Cheshire Cat Press was formed by book designer and printer George Walker in 1991. The press began when he and two colleagues produced new editions of Alice's Adventures in Wonderland and Through the Looking Glass. Edward Wakeling, who wrote the introduction, is an internationally known authority on Carroll. From the prospectus: "Here finally is a book collecting all the Alice associated images into one volume. In this book is the work of the other PUNCH illustrators who were influenced by John Tenniel’s pictures for Lewis Carroll’s Alice. Oh yes we include Tenniel too! Through the many decades that Punch existed (1841-2002), references to the Alice books have been a common feature. Now you can have them all in one volume. The images are printed by hand directly from polymer plates made by Boxcar Press, except Alice Reigns Supreme (page 27) which is printed photo-mechanically. The plates were created from high resolution scans made directly from the original PUNCH publications. Printed on 115 gsm Rives Lightweight Buff 100% rag paper using a Vandercook Sp15 letterpress." Bound in green cloth with gilt title to spine and gilt ruling and Punch figure to front cover. Punch figure repetitive design to endpapers. Housed in a green cloth slipcase. In fine condition. 10 x 13 inches. 57 pages. PRI/010819.
Toronto: Cheshire Cat Press, 1991. Hardcover. Number 36 of 177 copies. Around 1982, Walker, Poole, and Brambant founded the Cheshire Cat Press. They spent six years working on their well received edition of Alice's Adventures in Wonderland, published in 1988. George Walker's wood engravings were so admired that the Press decided to publish a book that would be devoted entirely to his engravings. This is that book, which is divided into three parts.: In the first part the 96 illustrations featured in Wonderland are reproduced by chapter in the story's order. The second part, Alice's Misadventures, has engravings that were not used in 1988 along with the reasons why. The last part reproduces some of Walker's preliminary sketches for Wonderland. The introduction describes the procedures the three used in deciding upon each of the illustrations used in Wonderland. Bound in red cloth with gilt titling to spine. Red and gold marbled endpapers. Printed with Century Schoolbook and Hadriano & Hadriano types on Noranda Recycled Antique paper. The drawings were reproduced from Polymer plates. In fine condition. PRI/011019. Fine.
Toronto: Cheshire Cat Press, 1991. Hardcover. Number 96 of 177 copies. Around 1982, Walker, Poole, and Brambant founded the Cheshire Cat Press. They spent six years working on their well received edition of Alice's Adventures in Wonderland, published in 1988. George Walker's wood engravings were so admired that the Press decided to publish a book that would be devoted entirely to his engravings. This is that book, which is divided into three parts.: In the first part the 96 illustrations featured in Wonderland are reproduced by chapter in the story's order. The second part, Alice's Misadventures, has engravings that were not used in 1988 along with the reasons why. The last part reproduces some of Walker's preliminary sketches for Wonderland. The introduction describes the procedures the three used in deciding upon each of the illustrations used in Wonderland. Bound in red cloth with gilt titling to spine. Red and gold marbled endpapers. Printed with Century Schoolbook and Hadriano & Hadriano types on Noranda Recycled Antique paper. The drawings were reproduced from Polymer plates. In fine condition. PRI/011019. Fine.
Philadelphia: J.B. Lippincott, 1962. Hardcover. Inscribed and signed by the author, dated 1967. An entertaining collection of poems for children. "Every other poem is written in basic first-grade vocabular, and you can help with a slightly harder word here and there" - so you read the first poem and let your child read the next to you! Illustrated by Gorey in his classic silly manner. Blue cloth boards with dark blue title to spine. Foxing to rear board of jacket with a few spots to spine, else clean. Clean interior printed in black and blue. In blue dust jacket with black title to spine and front panels. Foxing to rear panel of jacket, rubbing to hinges and edges, and two small scuff marks to front panel. Jackt is price clipped with $2.95 written in pencil beneath the clip. 64 pages. CHILD/121918. Very Good / Very Good.
New York: Charles Scribner's Sons, 1935. Hardcover. Black cloth boards with gilt title to spine and illustration to front cover. Minor foxing to front cover. In worn off-white illustrated dust jacket with black title to spine and front panels. Heavy chipping and tears to jacket, which is now protected by a plastic cover. Rubbing and scuffing to jacket. 329 pages. Children's Literature. CHILD121218. Very Good / Good.
New York: Mermaid Press, 1962. Softcover. A scarce miniature book from Fridolf Johnson's Mermaid Press that parodies traditional alphabet books. In this version, Nasty Nancy torments her poor Kitty by such means as addling, clobbering, hanging, kicking and vexing among other horrid acts until the poor Kitty is dead. Fortunately, as cats have nine lives, Kitty now has another of them spent with sweet and kind Egbert. Bound in cream paper boards with title in red on front cover. The ornate first letters of each word are printed in various bright colors. In near fine condition. Housed in a blue slipcase with fading to edges. Measures 2 x 2.25 inches. Near Fine.
Detroit: Singing Tree Press, Book Tower, 1969. Hardcover. Facsimilie reprint produced in 1969 - this book was originally published in 1936 by the American Book Company, on the 100th anniversary of the appearance of the first McGuffey reader. Fine in tan cloth boards with gilt title to spine. Clean and bright. 482 pages. CHILD/102618. Fine.
Philadelphia: Henry Altemus, 1903. Hardcover. Green cloth boards with faded white title to spine and front cover. Minor brown spots to foot of spine. Illustration in white, black, red, and green to front cover with title. Pen inscription dated 1903 to front free endpaper. Clean interior. 146 pages. CHILD/122018. Very Good.
New York: Universe Publishing, circa 2000. Hardcover. "This extraordinary book offers a complete New York experience, from Broadway to Central Park, from skyscrapers to below the streets. Created by New York City 100, the nonprofit group founded during New York City's centennial year to celebrate the city's rich heritage, this commemorative book brings together miniature facsimiles, historic resources, artistic inspiration, and literary insight to depict the world's greatest metropolis" (back cover). Includes 19 pop-ups (most still functional), a postcard collection, miniature front pages of newpapers, and more. A cute book. Bound in glossy paper covered boards with yellow spine panel titled in black and color illustration to front cover. Clean and bright. Unpaginated. CHILD/122818. Very Good.
Akron, OH: Saalfield Pub. Co., 1936. A charming complete set of five little books about Shirley Temple and her life, published when she was only eight years old and the country's number one box office draw. Each book has a pictorial cover and fourteen pages of black and white photographs of Shirley. The titles are: Shirley Temple Twinkletoes," "Just a Little Girl," "Shirley Temple Little Playmate," "Shirley Temple on the Movie Lot," and "Shirley Temple in Starring Roles." The books are all in very good to near fine condition. Housed in their original box covered with glossy white paper and with a color portrait of Shirley on the front. The box has some wear, soiling, and creases but still very nice. CHILD/110118. Very Good.
Philadelphia: Beehive Press, 20195. Hardcover. Number 121 of 200 copies signed and numbered by the illustrator on a bookplate affixed to the front pastedown. This lavishly designed and illustrated edition combines what the writer Michael Cunningham describes in his foreword as a pairing of Wilde's gorgeous and occasionally perverse fairy tales with Yuko Shimizo's gorgeous and occasionally perverse illustrations - "a meeting of two extraordinary talents." The book, designed by Maelle Doliveux, reprints five tales from The Happy Prince and four from the House of Pomegrantes. Cunningham says in the foreword that these earliest works by Wilde, written when he was in his thirties, are written in "heartbreakingly beautiful prose." Yuko Shimizu is a Japanese illustrator based in New York City whose work combines Japanese heritage with contemporary reference points. Shimizu began illustrating professionally in 2003 soon after she completed her master's degree. In 2009, the artist was named among the 100 Japanese people the world respects by Newsweek Japan. Between 2009 and 2015 the artist created over 70 covers for the DC Comic Series . She has illustrated for clients such as Library of Congress, Apple, Microsoft, National Public Radio, Time, The New York Times, The New Yorker, Rolling Stone, and many more.In 2018, Shimizu won the Hamilton King Award,[considered by many to be the most prestigious award in illustration.In her artist's note for this book she writes "I wanted illustrations to be surprising, mysterious, inclusive, diverse, and most importantly, like Wilide himself, fabulously gay, and entirely rock 'n roll." Bound in illustrated paper covered boards with titling to yellow spine. Housed in a die-cut, foil blocked, and embossed and debossed yellow slipcase that "creates a three dimensional impression of Yuko's beautiful linework." In fine condition. 131 pages plus artist's note and ackowledgements. Book measures 0 x 12.25 inches. Shipping box included. LIT/011009. Fine.