London: Thomas Nelson and Sons, n.d. [c. 1895. Frederick James Whishaw ( 1854 – 1934) was a Russian-born British novelist, historian, poet and musician. A popular author of children's fiction at the turn of the 20th century, he published over forty volumes of his work between 1884 and 1914. He was a prolific historical novelist, many of his books being set in Czarist Russia, and his "schoolboy" and adventure serials appeared in many boys' magazines of the era. This historic tale of Boris's adventures include encounters with the Tsar Peter the Great. In a special dark leather binding by Allman & Sons with "Kensington Preparatory School" on the cover - the only indication that this was perhaps a student award book. There are debossed words in reverse on free front endpaper "The Redtowers/Melton/Sussex. Binding is bumped and rubbed and the spine has faded. Marbled edges. Interior pages are very good with seven black and white illustrated plates. Mesures 5 x 7 inches. 376 pages.
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Toronto: Cheshire Cat Press, 2017. Number 31 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/031221.
Toronto: Cheshire Cat Press, 1991. Hardcover. Number 129 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/031221. Fine.
San Diego: Jane Yolen Books / Harcourt Brace Jovanovich, 1992. Hardcover. Inscribed / signed by the author to her father. First Edition. "When nine-year-old Allie, a Lonely Only, wishes on a falling star for a baby sister, a Star Baby drops right into her father's arms. Everyone in the family is delighted. Everyone, that is, except Allie. For starters, the Star Baby is a boy. He floats instead of crawls. He expands like a balloon. He can fly. And he absolutely disrupts Allie's life. How Allie comes to terms with having such an odd baby in the family and what happens when the Star Baby wants to return to his own star family form the heart of this warm and very funny book" (jacket). Blue cloth spine over white paper covered boards with gilt title to spine. Clean and bright with black and white illustrations by Margot Apple. In blue dust jacket with white title to spine. Minor wear and rubbing to jacket. 69 pages. CHILD/022521. Near Fine / Very Good.
New York: Viking Press, 1954. Hardcover. Later printing. "A story about the boy Jansi who lives wiht his mother and father, the "Good Master," on a farm in Hungary; about his cousin Kate who comes from the city to live with them, and wholse headstrong ways and tempers are set right by the kindly understanding of the Good Master; about Kate and Jansi's races on horseback across the plains, their fun at the fair, their trouble with the gypsies; about the shepherd who made wood carvings, and wholse tales kept the children listening till sundown - a colorful story of the customs and people of the great Hungarian plains" (jacket). Light blue cloth boards with dark blue title to spine and front cover. Fading to spine panel and minor wear to corners. Clean, bright interior with illustrations. In blue dust jacket wiht white title to spine and front panels. Chipping to hinges and edges of jacket, which is now protected with a removable jacket. 210 pages. CHILD/022521. Very Good / Very Good.
New York: Harcourt, Brace, and Company, 1956. Hardcover. Newberry Medal Award Winner from 1957 with gold emblem on front of jacket. "With rare feeling for the beauties of the changing seasons and with a remarkable gift for characterization, Mrs. Sorensen has written a moving and richly rewarding book ... This story of the miracles Marly discovers at Maple Hill will not soon be forgotten by its readers and will be read again and again" (jacket). Bound in fine pink cloth boards with black title to spine. Bookplate to front pastedown with ownership signature in pen. In yellow illustrated jacket wiht black title to spine and front panels. Rubbing / silver fish damage to spine panel of jacket, else clean and bright. Price of $2.95 on jacket flap. 180 pages. CHILD/032321. Fine / Very Good.
New York: McGraw-Hill Book Company, 1970. Hardcover. First Edition. "Returning home after a busy night as Cheese-Taster at M'sieu Duval's famous factory, he found that his family had vanished without a trace! Anatole did not guess the terrible truth - that his dear wife Doucette and their six charming children were held prisoner in a toyshop window! ... Anatole thinks up a most daring and dangerous plan. Will it succeed?" (jacket). Very good in illustrated blue paper covered boards with white title to spine and black title to front board. In matching blue dust jacket with white title to spine panel. Rubbing, wear, and closed tears to edges of jacket. A few spots of soiling to jacket including a light marker scribble. Minor browning to endpapers and previous penned ownership signature, else clean and bright interior with cute illustrations. Price of $4.50 on jacket flap and code M4H8. 36 pages. CHILD/020221. Very Good / Very Good.