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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New York: James Miller, 1865. Hardcover. An ambitious compilation of stories ranging from Beauty and the Beast to Goody Two-Shoes to Gulliver's Travels to Robinson Crusoe. Most of the retold stories are from fairy talies. "Illustrated by Two Hundred and Fifty Engravings be eminent artists," The illustrations are vignettes or half-page engravings that do not identify the eminent artist. Bound in brown cloth with embossed covers and gilt titling and illustration to front cover and spine/ Spine is split along top of front joint. Wear and rubbing to edges and corners along with light rubbing. Split along front hinge of title page.Missing the preface. Interior pages are generally in good condition,with occasional spots and browning to page edges. Two pages have closed tears. Good to very good condition. Measures 5 x 6.25 inches. 620 pages + 4 pages of publisher ads. Very Good -.
Chicago: Approved Comics, 1951. Softcover. A quite uncommon classic comic book containing several stories: The Ugly Duckling, Beauty and the Beast, The Gingerbread Boy, The Beautiful Cap, and the Frog King. Also includes two one page stories: The Boy Who Cried Wolf and Bell the Cat. In pictorial paper covers with creasing and slight tears along the bottom of the spine and cover is not entirely attached to the interior pages. There is a light date stamp on the letter F in Fairy. The price of 10 cents is on the cover and the name Ziff-Davis Group Comics is printed in a circle at the top of the cover. They were the distributors for this comic book. The first page of the story The Gingerbread Boy is partially detached but still holding. Browning to pages otherwise very good. Not paginated. CHILD/103023. Very Good.
Paris: Librairie de L. Hachette et Cie, 1869. Softcover. Scarce. From a series of fairy tales published by Hachette, "Magasin Des Petits Enfants" (Shop for Children). This is a charming version of the beloved fairy tale Beauty and the Beast, first written by Gabrielle-Suzanne de Villeneuve in the 18th century. With six bright color chromolithographs depicting 10 scenes from the story. Softcover with a bright pictorial front cover and a list of Hachette titles from their series on the rear cover. Light soiling to cover edges and a small crease to the front cover top edge. Lower few inches of the covers are split, not affecting the text block except for a corresponding split. Spotting to title page and inside of covers. Offsetting to text pages next to illustrations. Still a nice copy of this uncommon 19th century children's book. Measures 7.25 x 9.5 inches. Eight pages of text plus six pages of chromolithographs. CHILD/120823. Very Good.
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: 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.
Copenhagen: Poul Uttenreitter, Slesvigsk Forlag, 1925. Hardcover. SCARCE. 8vo. Very good in red cloth covered boards with faded gilt title to spine. Spine a bit faded. Closed tear to first title page (may be original wrapper). Previous owner's writing to half title page. Beautiful black and white plates on every page. TEXT IN DANISH. 67 pages. Children's Literature. CHI1/5170. Very Good.
London: The Religious Tract Society. Hardcover. SCARCE. 12mo. Very good-. Colorful embossed and illustrated grey cloth covered boards with gilt title to front board and black title to spine. Rubbing and wear to boards. Minor discoloration to rear board. Minor browning to end pages and to title page. Full colored illustrated frontis. 64 pp. CHILD/6252. 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.
New York: Weathervane Books, . Hardcover. A nicely produced facsimile of the original 1906 edition that timelessly married Barrie's charming text with Rackham's unforgettable illustrations. With fifty full page color illustrations. Bound in blue paper boards with blue linen spine. In a pictorial blue dust jacket with white titling to spine and front cover. Jacket protected by mylar. Light fading to top edges of bound volume otherwise very good condition. Small octavo. 126 pages plus plates. CHILD/081122. 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: Charles Scribner's Sons, 1978. Hardcover. Signed and Inscribed by both the author and illustrator. A Caldecott Award Winner. An "exultant new book about how people all over the world have paid their respects to the wonder of each new sunrise ... Byrd Baylor has opened up new insights about how people have and people still can stay in touch with what is fundamental. Peter Parnall's brilliant visual conceptions play and sing along with the text in moving counterpoint" (jacket). First edition, early printing with 1 beginning the number line but also with Caldecott award sticker to jacket. Bound in yellow cloth boards with black title to spine and front board. In cream jacket with black title to spine and front panels. Browning to jacket, closed tear to top of spine pane, and minor rubbing to edgesl. Unpaginated. CHILD/122023. Very Good / Very Good.
Paris and London: The Berlitz School, 1916. Hardcover. Red cloth boards with gilt title to spine and front cover. Browning to spine panel and edges of boards. Minor wear to hinges and edges of boards. Illustrated with some illustrations in full color. Occasional smudge marks to interior but clean overall. A few previous owner markings to endpapers. In addition to lessons, it includes readings, basic vocabulary, and six songs in French with musical scores. 112 pages. CHILD/062520. Very Good.
New York: American Illustration Inc. / Harry N. Abrams, 1986. Hardcover. First edition. The definitive collection of the best work by nearly 200 American artists, created this past year for books, posters, magazines, newspapers, advertising and animation. Fine in yellow cloth boards with maroon title to spine. Clean interior with 290 illustrations of which 268 are in full color. Fine illustrated dust jacket with green marbled pattern and black title to spine. 295 pages. CHILD/102609. Fine in fine jacket.
Chicago: Tand McNally & Company, 1942. Hardcover. Very good blue cloth 4to., bright color illustrated pastedown covers almost entire front board, Minor rubbing to edges of boards and to spine. Interior is clean, though light soiling to endpapers and ink inscription to front free end page. Adorable illustrations throughout, many are in bright color. 71 pages. A cute book. Children's Literature. CHIL/10153. Very Good.
New York: Holiday House, 1982. Hardcover. Signed and inscribed by both the author and illustrator. First edition. A beautifully illustrated edition of Rapunzel. In brown cloth boards with gilt title to spine and embossed title to front board. In full color illustrated jacket with white title to spine and brown title to front panel. Minor wear to edges of jacket including a few short closed tears and a chip to the head of spine panel. The jacket is now protected from futher damage with a removable clear cover. Unpaginated. CHILD/120723. Very Good / Very Good.
New York: Harper & Brothers, 1951. Hardcover. First Edition. "This tale of the adventures of a young boy and a stork is for readers of all ages and any time. It is a story of faith and inspiration which has the charm of an unforgettable legend. A boy made a pet of a fledgling stork who flew away each winter and returned every spring on the boy's birthday. Once the stork came back with a gold ribbon on its foot, and in the following springs brought a different gift each year. In the end the boy found that the winter home of the storks was a land where his dreams could be realized in a way he could scarcely have imagined" (jacket). Near fine in very good green dust jacket; small 8vo.; illustrated by Peter Lauck; wide margins; 50 pages. Religious Literature.REL/11262. Near Fine.