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The Mousehole Cat, Barber, Antonia
1 Barber, Antonia
The Mousehole Cat
New York: Macmillan (1990) First American Edition Bayley, Nicola 
Square octavo. Glazed pictorial boards. [32]pp. Tom and his faithful cat Mowzer brave the high seas of the Storm Cat in the dead of winter to bring food to their starving village. A mystical, mythic and moving story inspired by the old Cornish legend of Tom Bawcock. Nicola Bayley's wondrous images of the great Storm Cat and tiny Mowzer, the sea, the village and the people therein are the perfect complement to this magical tale. Commended for the Kate Greenaway Medal. Lower corners lightly bumped else Very Good+ in dustjacket. 
Price: 40.00 USD
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Balder and the Mistletoe: A Story for the Winter Holidays, Barth, Edna, retold by
2 Barth, Edna, retold by
Balder and the Mistletoe: A Story for the Winter Holidays
New York: Seabury Press (1979) First Edition Cuffari, Richard 
8vo Green decorated cloth. 64pp with illustrations by Richard Cuffari in line and wash against a gold background. A vigorous retelling of a favorite Norse legend - the story of Balder the Bright and the evil Loki. Includes a postscript on how the symbolic mistletoe found its way into the celebration of the Winter Solstice, Christmas and the New Year. Fine in dustjacket. 
Price: 20.00 USD
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Abbey Lubbers, Banshees & Boggarts: An Illustrated Encyclopedia of Fairies, Briggs, Katharine
3 Briggs, Katharine
Abbey Lubbers, Banshees & Boggarts: An Illustrated Encyclopedia of Fairies
New York: Pantheon Books (1979) First American Edition Gilbert, Yvonne 
8vo Cloth-backed cream boards. 158pp with ten lovely color plates and numerous full and partial page black & white illustrations by Yvonne Gilbert. This is a shorter and simpler version of Brigg's "An Encyclopedia of Fairies" with a host of additional tales and legends woven in and around the descriptive entries. An irresistible glimpse of the little people! Remainder stamp to lower text block else Fine in dustjacket. 
Price: 15.00 USD
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Monster Slayer, A Navajo Folktale, Browne, Vee
4 Browne, Vee
Monster Slayer, A Navajo Folktale
Flagstaff: Northland (1991) First Edition Whitethorne, Baje 
10.75"x9.25" Pictorial boards. [32]pp with striking illustrations from paintings by Baje Whitethorne. The Twins, the 12-year-old sons of Changing Woman, seek out and destroy the Walking Monster and save the Anasazi people. Winner of the 1991 Western Heritage Award given annually by the National Cowboy Hall of Fame to a juvenile book which best portrays the authentic American West. Both the author and illustrator are Navajo. Near Fine in Very Good+ dustjacket with light wear to spine ends. 
Price: 20.00 USD
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Happy Jack, Carrick, Malcolm, retold by
5 Carrick, Malcolm, retold by
Happy Jack
New York: Harper & Row (1979) Stated First Edition 
8vo Illustrated boards. 64pp with the author's color illustrations throughout. A retelling of a traditional story about a silly young man who wins the heart and hand of the mayor's beautiful daughter. An I Can Read Book. Minor rubbing else Very Good+ in dustjacket with some edge tears and light creasing, price-clipped. 
Price: 25.00 USD
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Stolen Thunder: A Norse Myth, Climo, Shirley, retold by
6 Climo, Shirley, retold by
Stolen Thunder: A Norse Myth
New York: Clarion Books (1994) First Edition Koshkin, Alexander 
Quarto. 32pp luminously illustrated in color by Alexander Koshkin. A deft retelling of an ancient Norse myth. When Thrym steals Thor's magic hammer, the trouble-making trickster Loki helps him get it back. Fine in dustjacket with two small closed edge tears. 
Price: 10.00 USD
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The King of Men, Coolidge, Olivia
7 Coolidge, Olivia
The King of Men
Boston Houghton Mifflin, 1966 First Edition Raskin, Ellen 
8vo Cloth. 230pp illustrated with bold black & white drawings at chapter & section headings. Novel based on the Greek Agamemnon legend. Fine in dustjacket darkened at spine and edges. 
Price: 35.00 USD
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D'Aulaires' Trolls, d'Aulaire, Ingri and Edgar Parin
8 d'Aulaire, Ingri and Edgar Parin
D'Aulaires' Trolls
New York: Doubleday, 1972 Stated First Edition 
Folio. Pictorial boards. 62pp with the d'Aulaire's terrific color and black & white illustrations of the magical Norwegian trolls. All about these "creatures of the darkness" - mountain trolls, forest trolls, water trolls and all their kith and kin, including troll-steeds, black troll-cats and troll-cocks too. One of the New York Times Book Review's outstanding books of 1972 and a National Book Award finalist in 1973. Spine heel lightly rubbed, neat inscription to half-title else Very Good+ in lightly frayed dustjacket. 
Price: 65.00 USD
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Magic Moon: Stories from Asia, Davison, Katherine
9 Davison, Katherine
Magic Moon: Stories from Asia
Minneapolis: Carolrhoda Books (1994) First Edition Rosborough, Thomas A. 
8vo Glazed pictorial boards. 55pp with lovely color illustrations by Thomas A. Rosborough. Contains four traditional stories: Porcupine and the Sky Mirrors from Siberia, When the Moon's Child Came to Live on Earth from Japan, The Fire Dog Bites the Moon from Korea, and The Plot to Steal the Moon from Burma. Source notes provided. These ancient, mythic tales were told by storytellers to explain the wonders of the moon and its phases. Fine in dustjacket. 
Price: 20.00 USD
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One Grain of Rice: A Mathematical Folktale, Demi [Demi Hitz]
10 Demi [Demi Hitz]
One Grain of Rice: A Mathematical Folktale
New York: Scholastic Press (1997) First Edition 
Square quarto. Gold decorated boards. [40]pp with fabulous illustrations in colors and gold by Demi Hitz. The story of a young woman who saves her village from starvation by the clever application of mathematics. Two folding pages beautifully demonstrate mathematical progression as camels, then elephants, are required to carry her prize. Neat gift inscription to ffep else Near Fine in dustjacket (price-clipped, small scratch to upper panel). 
Price: 20.00 USD
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The Firebird, Demi [Demi Hitz]
11 Demi [Demi Hitz]
The Firebird
New York: Henry Holt (1994) First Edition 
Square quarto. Pictorial boards. [34]pp with Demi's exquisite color illustrations heightened with gold, or set against broad gold backgrounds, plus pictorial endpapers. Demi based her picture book on the firebird story as translated by Arthur Ransome in Old Peter's Russian Tales, from the collection of noted ethnographer Alexander Afanasiev. This is one of the most famous of the classic Russian folktales, with elements of drama and daring adventure. Small gift inscription ffep else almost Fine in dustjacket. 
Price: 40.00 USD
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The Magic Gourd, Diakite, Baba Wague
12 Diakite, Baba Wague
The Magic Gourd
New York: Scholastic (2003) First Edition 
Tall quarto. Pictorial boards. 32pp with the author's striking color illustrations throughout. A "Rabbit" story from Mali in West Africa, this is a variant of the tale of a never-ending supply of food that is told the world over. The author also includes a glossary, a note about the mud cloth patterns he used as border designs to decorate the pages, a song of praise, and other background notes. Winner of the Aesop Prize from the American Folklore Society. Fine in dustjacket. 
Price: 20.00 USD
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The First Book of Mythology, Greek - Roman, Elgin, Kathleen
13 Elgin, Kathleen
The First Book of Mythology, Greek - Roman
New York: Franklin Watts, 1955 First Edition 
8vo Grey illustrated cloth. 61pp with the author's duotone illustrations and map. Upper endpapers feature the family tree of the Titans and gods, lower endpapers the constellations. A nice introduction to mythology telling how the myths began, the creation myth, the twelve labors of Hercules, Jason and the Golden Fleece, Pegasus and more. Light wear at spine tips, glue darkening at upper joint. Good+ No dustjacket. 
Price: 10.00 USD
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Folk Tales From the North, Finlay, Winifred
14 Finlay, Winifred
Folk Tales From the North
New York: Franklin Watts (1969) First American Edition Ambrus, Victor 
8vo Green cloth. 127pp with illustrations from line drawings by two-time Kate Greenaway Medal winner Victor Ambrus. Twelve folk tales from England and Scotland. Cloth faded, short tear to rear free endpaper else about Very Good in edge worn dustjacket. 
Price: 10.00 USD
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A Bag of Moonshine, Garner, Alan
15 Garner, Alan
A Bag of Moonshine
New York: Delacorte Press, 1986 First US Edition Lynch, Patrick James 
8vo Blue boards. 144pp with illustrations from black & white drawings and with eight great color plates by Patrick Lynch. A collection of stories chosen from Welsh and English folklore. The 1987 Mother Goose Award winner for "the most exciting newcomer to British children's book illustration." Lynch went on to win many other honors, including the Kate Greenaway Medal. Fine in dustjacket. 
Price: 35.00 USD
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Lord of the Sky, Zeus, Gates, Doris
16 Gates, Doris
Lord of the Sky, Zeus
New York: Viking, 1972 First Edition Handville, Robert 
8vo. Publisher's reinforced pictorial boards. 126pp with glossary and with illustrations from drawings by Robert Handville. The author has grouped all the myths centered around Zeus into a coherent whole to give young readers a sense of the continuity of mythology. Near Fine. Dustjacket lightly frayed and edge worn with a little rubbing along spine. 
Price: 25.00 USD
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Ten Traditional Jewish Children's Stories, Goldreich, Gloria
17 Goldreich, Gloria
Ten Traditional Jewish Children's Stories
New York: Pitspopany (1996) Allon, Jeffrey 
Folio. Pictorial boards. 48pp with color illustrations by Jeffrey Allon. These are classic Jewish stories of 19th and 20th century Europe. At the end of each story are "thought questions" that help the child explore the moral messages that make these tales so fascinating. Fine in Near Fine dustjacket. 
Price: 10.00 USD
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The Flying Ship, Harris, Rosemary
18 Harris, Rosemary
The Flying Ship
London: Faber and Faber (1975) First Edition Le Cain, Errol 
Small 4to. Glazed pictorial boards. [32]pp with Errol Le Cain's splendid color illustrations and intricate borders on every page of text. Harris retells the Russian folk tale of the king who would not give up his daughter until a suitor came for her in a flying ship. When a prospect appears suitably transported, the king finds three impossible tasks for him to perform. Minor extremity wear else Very Good+ in dustjacket. 
Price: 85.00 USD
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Ishi's Tale of Lizard, Hinton, Leanne, translated by
19 Hinton, Leanne, translated by
Ishi's Tale of Lizard
New York: Farrar Straus Giroux (1992) First Edition Roth, Susan L. 
4to Cloth-backed boards. [32]pp with bright, primitive color collage illustrations by Susan L. Roth. This Yahi tale was passed down orally for countless generations before it was told to ethnographers by Ishi, the last of his tribe. Fine. Dustjacket lightly worn, frayed at corner and spine tips. 
Price: 10.00 USD
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Rooster Brother, Hogrogian, Nonny
20 Hogrogian, Nonny
Rooster Brother
New York MacMillan, 1974 First Edition 
Oblong octavo. Olive green cloth. (32)pp with illustrations in color throughout by the author, a two-time Caldecott Medal winner. The story draws from Armenian folklore, a tale the author's husband heard as a child. Fine in chipped and frayed dustjacket. 
Price: 25.00 USD
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