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The Cat and Mrs. Cary
Gates, Doris. Illustrations by Bacon, Peggy. New York: Viking (1962). First Edition. 8vo Beige cloth. Fine in Near Fine dustjacket, lightly worn. 216pp with great full-page and smaller black & white illustrations by Peggy Bacon. Mrs. Cary has moved to the California coast, preparing to settle in to long restful days working in her garden, until she meets The Cat and her young nephew comes to stay with her. [SOLD]


Loraine and the Little People
Gordon, Elizabeth. Illustrations by Ross, M. T. (Penny). Chicago: Rand McNally, (1915) Edition of 1933. 5.5"x6.75" Pictorial boards. A Fine copy of this delightful book, usually found in worn condition. 64pp with 14 full-page color plates and many full-page and smaller black & white images of beautiful fairies and adorable fairy children. Among the fairies we meet are the Wind People, the Rain People, the Flower Fairies, the Dancing Sunbeams, Jack Frost and many others. [SOLD]


The Day We Saw the Sun Come Up
Goudey, Alice. Illustrations by Adams, Adrienne. New York: Scribner's (1961). First Edition. Quarto. Decorated cloth. Near Fine in dustjacket, frayed and edge worn. [32]pp. Beautiful, atmospheric color illustrations throughout by Adrienne Adams. A boy and his sister get up very early while it's still dark and, for the first time, see the golden sun slowly rise behind the hill. We follow the children through a beautiful summer day and in the evening their mother explains what they've seen, telling them all about the rising and setting of the sun. Awarded a Caldecott Honor. [SOLD]


The Tidy Hen
Groves-Raines, Anthony. New York: Harcourt, Brace & World (1961). First Edition. 5"x7" Blue cloth. Occasional pale spot to text else Very Good in like dustjacket, spine lightly sunned. (32)pp with exquisite color and black & white illustrations from the author's paintings. The first book both written and illustrated by Groves-Raines, a tale which grew out of his affection for his small niece. The amusing story of Olga, a wee black hen who decides to take on a new job - that of personal maid to the untidy young Julia. $50.00


Berta and Elmer Hader's Picture Book of the States
Hader, Bertha and Elmer. New York: Harper & Brothers, 1932. First Edition. 12.5"x9.25" Decorated cloth. Light wear to spine head and corner tips, a little smudging to a text page else Very Good in Good+ dustjacket, chipped, torn on lower panel. (64)pp. One of the most fabulous productions from this husband and wife team, featuring 28 full-page color pictorial maps representing the 48 states and the District of Columbia. Maps are highly detailed and entertaining, incorporating history, noteworthy people, industry, agriculture, recreation, topography and interesting facts about each state. The jam-packed California map even pictures the electric car which carried tourists up Mt. Lowe. Pages are bordered in blue line with pink scallops very much like the decoration used in the Hader's Mother Goose. A really wonderful book. [SOLD]


The Little Stone House: A Story of Building a House in the Country
Hader, Bertha and Elmer. New York: Macmillan (1944). First Edition. 8.25"x10.25" Green decorated cloth. Near Fine in chipped dustjacket. (64)pp. Color and black and white illustrations by the authors. The Haders used the surrounds of their house in the country as the setting for many of their books. This is the largely autobiographical story of the building of that home in picture book format. We follow Mr. and Mrs. Doe and their children, Dottie and Bobbie, through all the steps of the home's construction, ending with a wonderful double-page spread of the family and their friends at a colorful Thanksgiving feast in the "little stone house." A most delightful book and quite uncommon in dustjacket. $150.00


Orlando and the Three Graces
Hale, Kathleen. London: John Murray, 1965. First Edition. 9"x7.5" Pictorial boards. Near Fine in dustjacket, lightly frayed. 30pp. A Christmas fantasy wherein we meet not one Grace but three (and which is Orlando's dear wife and the mother of the kittens?) and the huge white cat, Santa Claws, who is called upon to solve the Grace dilemma. With Hale's delightful illustrations in vibrant color and black & white. There is no other fictional cat quite like the amazing Orlando! [SOLD]


Flying Hoofs, Stories of Horses
Harper, Wilhelmina, selections by. Illustrated by Brown, Paul. Boston: Houghton Mifflin, 1939. First Edition. 8vo Red cloth. Small spot at fore-edge of title page, one leaf with small piece torn from bottom margin where roughly opened else Very Good in chipped and worn dustjacket. 292pp. A collection of twenty-four horse stories from writers such as Will James, Ernest Seton Thompson, Ross Santee and many others. With three double-page two-color illustrations by Paul Brown plus additional full-page and smaller line drawings within the text. An uncommon title, quite scarce in dustjacket. $200.00


The Flying Ship
Harris, Rosemary. Illustrations by Le Cain, Errol. London: Faber and Faber (1975). First Edition. Small 4to Glazed Pictorial Boards. Minor extremity wear else Very Good+ in Very Good dustjacket. (32)pp. 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. With Errol Le Cain's splendid color illustrations and intricate borders on every page of text. $85.00


My Prairie Year: Based on the Diary of Elenore Plaisted
Harvey, Brett. Illustrations by Ray, Deborah Kogan. New York: Holiday House (1986). First Edition. 10.25"x8.25". Cloth-backed boards. Fine in Very Good dustjacket with a few closed tears. Children's book illustrator Elenore Plaisted wrote a diary of her remembrances of the Dakota prairies in the last half of the 19th century. Her granddaughter has drawn on this writing to bring us a warm narrative of homesteading on the prairie, enhanced by powerful black & white pictures that aptly capture the experience. $15.00


Amy Loves the Sun
Hoban, Julia. Illustrations by Hoban, Lillian. [New York]: Harper & Row (1988). First Printing. 7.25"x6.25" Glazed Pictorial Boards. Near Fine in Very Good+ dustjacket, tiny spot to upper panel. (24)pp. A simple story of a small child's exuberance and joy as she revels in the sunshine and picks a dandelion bouquet for her mother. Hoban's wildly colorful illustrations are a pure delight. $25.00


Best Friends For Frances
Hoban, Russell. Illustrations by Hoban, Lillian. New York Harper & Row (1969). First Edition. 8.25"x10.25" Cloth-backed pictorial boards. Light silverfishing along upper edge of inside covers else Very Good+. Dustjacket frayed with silverfish nibbles along spine. 31pp. Another humorous and wise tale about the irresistible badger, her little sister Gloria and her friend Albert. $125.00


Praying Mantis
Huntington, Harriet E. Garden City: Doubleday, 1957. First Edition. 8.5"x9.5" Pictorial boards. Minor rubbing to lower edges. Very Good in Very Good dustjacket, frayed, lightly chipped. (42)pp. Wonderful full-page black and white illustrations from the author's detailed photographs. A beautifully designed and informative nature book. [SOLD]


Big Farmer Big and Little Farmer Little
Jackson, Kathryn and Byron. Illustrations by Rojankovsky, Feodor. New York: Simon and Schuster (1948). First Edition. 5.5"x12.5" & 2.5"x5" Color pictorial boards. 58pp & 32pp respectively. Both volumes illustrated in color by Feodor Rojankovsky. Upper corners bumped, small repair at spine head, very slight musty odor, envelope with a few tears else Very Good+ Little Farmer Little with a tiny spot of silverfishing on upper cover else Very Good+ A nice copy of this scarce and wonderful title. [SOLD]


Snow-White and the Seven Dwarfs: A Tale from the Brothers Grimm
Jarrell, Randall, translated by. Illustrations by Burkert, Nancy Eckholm. New York Farrar, Straus and Giroux (1972). First Edition. 9.25"x12.25" Black cloth. (32)pp. Fine in almost Fine dustjacket, lightly faded at the fore-edge folds. A memorable and beautiful version of this old tale, as to both text and illustration. Jarrell's translation is "as much like the real German story as I could make it" and Burkert's illustrations are detailed and lovely. Awarded a 1973 Caldecott Honor. [SOLD]


Charley, Charlotte and the Golden Canary
Keeping, Charles. London: Oxford University Press, 1967. First Editon. Quarto Cloth-backed pictorial boards. Minor corner wear, edges lightly rubbed else Very Good in Very Good dustjacket, small chip to spine heel. (32)pp with Keeping's gloriously brilliant illustrations throughout. This modern fairy tale of London and city children was awarded the 1967 Kate Greenaway Medal as an outstanding illustrated book for children. A crisp, attractive copy.$175.00


Pierre Pidgeon
Kingman, Lee. Color illustrations by Bare, Arnold Edwin. Boston: Houghton Mifflin, 1943. 4to Cloth. Small, expertly repaired tear to one leaf else Very Good+ in chipped dustjacket. (48)pp. Pierre lives on Canada's Gaspe Peninsula with his family and Newfoundland dog, Genvieve. His dearest wish is to learn how ships get into bottles. A delightful picture book which was awarded a Caldecott Honor. [SOLD]


Gone is My Goose
Koch, Dorothy. Illustrations by Lee, Doris. [New York]: Holiday House (1956). 7.75''x9.25'' Green decorated cloth. Fine in Fine dustjacket. (32)pp. Three-color illustrations throughout. A jaunt around a farm with a child looking for her goose and when she finds her she gets a wonderful surprise. A delightful children's picture book from this innovative publisher. $50.00


Hans Christian of Elsinore
Kristoffersen, Eva M. Illustrations by Collin, Hedwig. Chicago: Albert Whitman, 1937. 4to Blue cloth with large pictorial onlay. Spine slightly faded else Near Fine in dustjacket, frayed, spine darkened. 80pp. Lovely color & black & white illustrations throughout. This story of a little boy's adventures also explores the customs and habits of Denmark in the 1930's. [SOLD]


Sleeping Beauty (Pop-Up)
Kubasta, Voitech. London: Bancroft [1961]. 8.25"x10.25" Cloth-backed pictorial boards. Near Fine. With eight exciting and colorful pop-ups, several of which have pull-tab animations, including a pull-tab on the upper cover. Kubasta's art and sense of fun make his moveables very special. [SOLD]


A Swiftly Tilting Planet
L'Engle, Madeleine. New York: Farrar Straus Giroux (1978). First Printing. 8vo. Black cloth. Slight fading to lower edges else Fine in like dustjacket. 278pp. A companion volume to A Wrinkle in Time and A Wind in the Door. This copy boldly signed and inscribed by L'Engle on the ffep. [SOLD]


Cowboy Small
Lenski, Lois. New York: Oxford University Press (1949). First Edition. 7"x7" Boards. Spotting to covers, neat ink name to title page else a Very Good copy, clean and crisp internally. Dustjacket with small smudges to upper panel, frayed, a little chipped. (48)pp with Lenski's charmingly simple two-color illustrations throughout. Cowboy Small is everything any young cowpoke would want to be. He has a horse named Cactus, lives on the Bar S Ranch, rides the range and fixes fences, sleeps under the stars or in the bunkhouse, plays the guitar and sings and even rides a bucking bronco! [SOLD - but we have another copy]


When I Grow Up: A Read-and-Sing Book
Lenski, Lois. Music by Bulla, Clyde Robert. New York: Walck, 1960. First Edition. 7.25"x6.25" Teal cloth. Fine in dustjacket, lightly frayed and faded. 48pp with the author's delightful two-color drawings throughout. A sweet little book designed to be either read or sung with a song for a boy and a song for a girl. Possible grown-up occupations include airplane pilot, author, doctor and nurse. $100.00

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