New York: Frederick A. Stokes & Brother, 1889. Hardcover. Somewhat scarce. A sweet 19th century children's book with rather sweet verse by Cone and four charming color illustrations of young children by Maud Humphrey, an important commerical illustrator and the mother of the actor Humphrey Bogart. In green linen bound yellow paper boards w/color & gilt illustrations, chipping to edges, soiling and scuffing; corners & edges worn. Soiling to laid-paper endpapers previous owner's antiquated signature to ffep. Some light smudging/soiling to interior though mostly clean; the color plates are very clean and bright. Unpaginated. CHIL/9303. Good +.
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Boston: Roberts Brothers, 1895. Hardcover. Includes illustrations. A charming collection of nine short stories for children, most with a moral lesson attached. Very good in mustard yellow cloth boards with gilt title to spine. Maroon illustration of daisies to spine and front board. Chipping to book cloth on spine ends and minor wear to corners. Minor browning to margins of pages. Light foxing to end pages. Minor chipping to the edges of a few pages. The front hinge is starting, although the boards remain firmly attached. 289 pages plus ads. CHILD/080108. Very Good.
Paris: Alphonse Lemerre, 1880. Pille, Henri. Hardcover. A story in verse about the young Bleuette, the daughter of a baron and her sad adventures before her happy ending. There are charming illustrations on every page that frame the text. Bound in gold cloth boards with floral illustration to front. Several chips to cloth along spine and minor wear to edges. The interior is clean overall, though there are occasional small smudge marks. IN FRENCH. 16 pages of which 8 are in full color. CHILD/071806. Very Good.
Philadelphia: David McKay, 1917. Howard Pyle. Hardcover. Green cloth boards with gilt title to spine and dark green title and color pastedown to front cover. Light rubbing to cover illustration and to rear board. Light wear to edges. Includes 8 full page color illustrations by Wyeth. Illustrated endpapers. Clean and bright. 362 pages. CHILD/111920. Very Good.
Boston: T.O.H.P. Burnham, 1864. Hardcover. 8vo. Bound in what was purple but has now faded to brown cloth covered boards with gilt title to spine. Edgewear, tears to cloth along hinges and bumped corners. Chipping to spine ends. Cracks to exterior hinges and front board is nearly detached though rest of binding remains tight. Minor foxing throughout though text remains bright. Includes frontis and 197 lovely woodcut illustrations. Index, 358 pages. Children's Literature. CHIL/3143. Good +.
Paris: Gillot, 1885. Hardcover. Illustrated by Caran D'Ache. Very good in red cloth with paste-down illustration to front board and faded gilt title to spine. Wear at ends of spine and corners. Rubbing to Boards. Bookplate on front pastedown. Else is clean and bright. Two tone and color illustrations. French Literature. FRL1/01161. Very Good.
Philadelphia: The Westminster Press, (1966). Marguerite de Angeli. Hardcover. 8vo. INSCRIBED BY THE AUTHOR. Illustrated by Marguerite de Angeli. Green cloth covered boards with black title to front board and spine. Very minor edge wear to boards. Interior is in excellent condition with many color and black and white illustrations. Illustrated dust jacket with green title to spine. Minor edge wear to jacket. 60 pages. Children's literature. CHI/030508. Near Fine in Very Good + DJ.
New York: American Tract Society, 1880. Hardcover. Part of the Imperial Series. A story for children set in Paris. In grey cloth boards with illustration of children to front cover and rubbed white title to spine. Binding is signed H E F with overlapping letters. Rubbing to spine and covers, a few spots of soiling / dampstaining to front cover, and minor wear to edges and corners. Slight roll to spine. Pencil inscription to front endpaper dated 1905. Occasional spots of soiling to interior, but clean overall. Closed tear to paper covering front interior hinge, but binding remains secure. Frontispiece illustration. 278 pages. CHILD/040219. Very Good.
San Francisco: Deeply Game Publications, 2012. Hardcover. Number 45 of 55 copies. Signed by the author and book artists. Book artist Sara Press collaborated with Andrew Rottner to create this exquisite tribute to printing’s golden age. "The story, by Christina Lauritsen, mis-remembers H.C. Andersen’s classic tale of the same name, transforming it into a story of revelation and madness. The visual progression of the book mirrors the plot, pitting the beauty of the decorative arts against the intense and unpredictable messiness of human experience. This book confronts the inevitability of loss and bows to intellectual freedom and its attendant risks." [artists' statement]. The book is printed in Garamond and Bembo types on Moab Entrada paper. It features two 26 inch wide foldouts with illustrations by Rottner. The striking cover is done from a cut-marbled-paper and brocade. The book measures 7 x 9 inches. It is unpaginated. Deeply Game Productions creates and distributes the art works of Sara Press and her collaborators. Sara L. Press is a photographer, printmaker and book artist based in the San Francisco Bay Area. Many of her projects examine peculiar areas of overlap between nature and culture (for example: dog fighting, feral children, and our co-evolution with snakes). Sara has also wrestled with the relationship between creativity and the scientific method. Recently, Sara has turned to constructions of masculinity and femininity in our culture (such as human bloodsports and altered fairy-tales). Her work can be seen in public collections around the country and are also in many library and private collections. A lovely book in fine condition. PRI/021919. Fine.
Paris, London, New York: Raphael Tuck & Sons, Ltd., circa 1896. Hardcover. Bound in original brown cloth boards with gilt title to spine and front cover. Gilt decoration of children on stairs to front cover. Minor wear to edges, corners, and spine ends. Minor soiling / discoloration to both boards. Previous owner's signature to front free endpaper in pen, dated 1896. Light foxing throughout and browning to margins. includes twelve full page color illustrations and numerous black and white illustrations. Pencil markings to last page of text and smudge mark to both rear free endpapers. A charming book. 104 pages. CHILD/012618. Very Good.
New York: Frederick A. Stokes Company, (1936). First Edition. Hardcover. FIRST EDITION. 8vo. Green cloth covered boards with orange title and illustration to front board and orange title to spine. Light bumping to spine ends and light rubbing to cloth on exterior hinge. Interior is clean and bright with illustrations throughout. Illustrated endpages. White illustrated dust jacket with green title to front and spine panels. Wear to dust jacket includes 3 closed tears to top edge, 2 small open tears to bottom edge, and minor soiling. Index, 210 pages. CHILD/071718. Very Good+ / Very Good.
New York: Charles Scribner's Sons, 1919. Hardcover. Scarce in dust jacket. Brown cloth boards with gilt title to spine and color pastedown to front cover. Dampstaining to edge of rear board and to rear panel of jacket. Pencil gift inscription to front free endpaper. Includes four illustrations. Soiling to a few pages, but clean overall. Chipping and creasing to edges of jacket. Jacket is protected from further damage with a plastic cover. 261 pages. CHILD/102418. Very Good / Very Good.
Ipswich, MA: Gambit, 1979. Hardcover. Third Printing. Inscribed on the free front endpaper to Mel Spragins by the author and the illustrator for Christmas 1980 and includes a small drawing of a frog ballerina in the upper right corner. The book introduces familiar ballet positions and steps and poses and shows how much lies behind the seemingly effortless movements seen on stage. The serious discussions of those steps and positions are juxtaposed by the amusing frogs used to illustrate them in full-page black and white drawings. Bound in blue cloth with gilt titling and small frog drawing to front cover. In price-clipped pictorial cream and black dust jacket with title to spine. Pages are quite clean with very light spotting to fore-edge. Near fine condition. 7.25 x 10 inches. 57 pages. CHILD/081717. Near Fine / Near Fine.
New York, London, Paris: Raphael Tuck & Sons Co. Ltd, circa 1900. Paperback. A shape book / die cut with full color front cover cut in shape of a doll and side-stapled. The covers have pulled away from the bottom staple with a 4 inch closed tear along the foot of the spine and a 1 inch closed tear to head spine. Minor wear to edges of covers, a few creases, and minor soiling to rear cover. Occasional smudge marks to interior, but clean overall. Includes two full color, full page illustrations and smaller monochromatic vignettes on all other pages. A charming book. Unpaginated. [12 pages plus covers.] CHILD/082814. Very Good.
Cordon Company, 1937. Hardcover. A collection of 30 easy German songs with music and lyrics. Lyrics are in German with footnotes on English translations of some words. In pink paper covered boards with purple and pink title to spine and front cover. Sight fading and minor wear to spine. Clean. In German. 64 pages. GER/012015. Very Good.
Springfield, MA: McLoughlin Bros. Inc, 1930. Paper Covered Boards. 8vo. Dick and Janet Cherry Series. In colorful paper covered boards with black title print to front board and spine. Illustrations to covers are very clean and bright with edgewear and bumping to corners and head/foot. Interior is mostly clean with minor foxing to illustrated endpapers. Contains b/w illustrations. 264pp. Very Good.
David McKay, (1929). First American trade edition in original dust jacket and box. (Publisher's name to spine; however, the title page cites the English publisher - George G. Harrap.) Fine in original grey blue cloth boards with gilt title to spine and front cover. Gilt rose design to front cover. Includes twelve full color, full page illustrations and many black and white in text line drawings. Illustrated endpapers. Minor soiling to the fore-edge of the textblock, else clean and bright. In grey dust jacket with dark red title to spine and full color illustration pasted down to front panel. The jacket has a few small chips to the edges and a few creases. Housed in the original grey paper covered box with full color illustrated pastedown (that matches the jacket illustration) to front cover. The corners of the top of the box have been repaired / reinforced with archival mending tape. Rubbing and wear to the edges of the box. 232 pages. CHILD/013118.
Chicago: P.F. Volland and Co, 1912. Hardcover. Eleventh edition. A cute book of poems illustrated with birds that have human faces. Very good in brown paper covered boards with black title and color illustration to front board. Chipping to spine ends and corners with wear to edges of boards. Decorative endpages and full color illustrations on every page. Occasional smudge marks and small spots of soiling to interior, but overall very clean and bright. Gift inscription in pen to front free endpaper. 96 pages. CHILD/110221. Very Good.
Cleveland and New York: The World Publishing Company, no date. Paperback. A facsimilie edition. Uncommon. Side-stapled green illustrated paper wrappers with black title to front cover. Rubbing to spine, else clean and bright. A full color reproduction of Kate Greenaway's alphabet with a letter on each page. A child (or two) are drawn sitting, leaning, or playing on each letter. Very cute. Unpaginated [32 pages.] Size: 2.5 x 2.25 inches. CHILD/010920. Fine.
London: J.M. Dent and Sons Ltd, 1964. Hardcover. SIGNED and inscribed by the author: "To all the Cowies with happy memories of Baltimore. 75. John Griffiths." A Welsh mystery for young adults involving two boys (11 and 9) that go camping on their great uncle's Welsh farm for the summer. After failing to find their uncle and having their tent slashed, they commit themselves to solving the mystery, which leads them into great danger. Very good in red cloth boards with white title to spine. In yellow illustrated dust jacket with black title to spine and front cover. Minor sunning to spine of jacket and minor wear to edges. Minor rubbing / light soiling to jacket. Light foxing to first and last few pages and a few small spots of soiling to interior, but clean and bright overall. 138 pages. CHILD/070318. Very Good / Very Good.
New York, Chicago, Toronto: P.F. Volland Company, 1921. Hardcover. The Volland Ideal: "books should make children happy and build character unconsciously; that the stories be full of action and interest, made still more attractive by pictures in colors, and all should be done by authors and artists who know and love children, and who leave out fear, mischief, cruelty and moralizing." Very good in the original grey and purple paper covered illustrated boards with purple cloth spine. Minor wear to spine ends and corners. Clean and bright overall with full color illustrations on nearly every page. A few small spots of soiling / smudge marks. Gift inscription in pen dated Christmas 1926 to front free endpaper. Housed in the original publisher's box with illustrated front cover. Heavy wear to edges / sides of top cover of the box. Bottom side of the front of the box is missing and there are large chips to other sides along with a few chips to the paper covering the front. Size: Quarto. Unpaginated. CHILD/020618. Very Good.
New York: The Johnny Gruelle Company, 1931. Hardcover. Illustrated paper covered boards with black spine panel titled in blue. Minor fading to edges of boards. Wear to paper along edges, corners, and hinges. Signed by the previous in pencil on the front free endpaper. In matching illustrated dust jacket with black spine panel titled in blue. Multiple tears, rubbing, creases, and chips to jacket. Tape repairs. Jacket is now in an archival plastic cover to prevent further damage. Clean. 95 pages plus one page of ads. CHILD/062619. Very Good / Very Good.
New York: Dodd, Mead & Company, 1876. Hardcover. A charming Victorian children's book about the activities of four year old Fancy. They include her birthday party, learning to read, playing with her paper dolls, and enduring an endless rainy day among many more. A surprising racial incident temporarily spoils the birthday party but all ended well. With fifteen full page black & white engravings and several text drawings. Bound in reddish-brown cloth with gilt titling, black ornaments and a color illustration affixed to front cover. Binding is bumped and stained, illustration chipped and tears to spine edges. Interior pages are clean. In very good condition. 6 x 8 inches. 207 pages. CHILD/021518. Very Good.
Boston: D. Lothrop and Company, (1884). Hardcover. Small 8vo. Grey cloth covered boards with gilt title and lovely red and gilt illustration to front board. Wear to exterior includes rubbing, bumping to spine ends and corners, and a few small light spots of minor soiling. Juvenile writing in pencil to front paste down. Interior hinges are cracked though binding remains tight. Sporadic foxing throughout. Very light damp staining to top and outer margins though text and illustrations remain bright. Pages are hand numbered. 78 pages. Children's Literature. CHI41072. Very Good -.