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Always Room For One More
Leodhas, Sorche Nic. Illustrated by Hogrogian, Nonny. New York: Holt, Rinehart and Winston (1965). Stated First Edition. 8.5"x7.25" Blue boards. Fine in dustjacket, the Caldecott Medal affixed. (32)pp. The tale of generous Lachie MacLachlan, his wife and ten bairns and their home that always had "room for one more." Hogrogian's lively illustrations won her first Caldecott Medal in 1966. She is one of but a handful of illustrators to have been awarded the medal more than once. [SOLD]

The Horn Book Magazine, August 1966, Number 4, Volume XLII
Viguers, Ruth Hill, editor. Boston: The Horn Book, 1966. 8vo Staple-bound pictorial wraps. Covers darkened at spine and edges, lightly soiled else Very Good. pp. 373-484. Illustrated. Book reviews, publishers' advertisements, regular features and articles including "Where Are We Going With Poetry For Children" by Patrick J. Goff and the Newbery and Caldecott Acceptance Speeches of Elizabeth Borton de Trevino and Nonny Hogrogian (pictured). The Beatrix Potter Centenary issue with articles by Rumer Godden and Ellen Shaffer. $20.00

Lida. Illustrated by Rojan. Translated by Lily Duplaix. New York: Harper & Brothers, 1942. First Edition. 9.25"x10.5" Cloth-backed pictorial boards with minor wear to corner tips else Very Good+ Dustjacket chipped at spine ends. (36)pp with rich and beautiful color lithographs by Feodor Rojankovsky. The story of a young cuckoo who is helped by a little boy who passes by. A Pere Castor book in English translation. $100.00

A New Story of Peter Rabbit
Lowe, Samuel E. Racine: Whitman, 1926. Color illustrations by Allan Wright. Lettering and line drawings by Earnest Vetsch. 4.25"x5.5" Blue boards with black silhouette illustration. Fine in Very Good dustjacket, frayed, small stain to upper panel. (36)pp. With eight delightful color plates and smaller illustrations in line throughout the text. Peter follows Pied Piper Bunny and is finally found and taken home by Saucy Squirrel. $65.00

The Silver Dollar
Lowrey, Janette Sebring. Illustrated by Latham, Barbara. NY & London: Harper & Brothers, 1940. Stated First Edition. 9.75"x12" Cloth-backed boards. Slight musty odor else Very Good+ in dustjacket with tiny chips at spine ends and corners, small chip to bottom edge of upper panel. (48)pp with several stunning full-page color lithographs (including two double-page) and many smaller black & white illustrations. Endpapers depict a bright red bandana. The story of Timmy, who wants to be a cowboy, and his first roundup on a Texas ranch. Latham was a noted Taos, New Mexico painter and illustrator and this is a gorgeous book. Scarce title. $275.00

Tiny Tot's Favorite Mother Goose
Mabie, Peter, pictured by. Chicago: Merrill, c.1935. 5.5"x7.25" Pictorial boards. Minor wear to spine tips, light rubbing along spine else Very Good+ (44)pp. Mabie's bright color illustrations against black backgrounds alternate at every other opening with red and white images in a style rather reminiscent of Fern Bisel Peat. A really nice little Mother Goose book. $85.00

[ABC] The Fairy Alphabet as Used by Merlin
MacKinstry, Elizabeth. New York: Viking Press, 1933. First edition. 7"x9.75" Cloth-backed pictorial boards. Light cover soil, minor wear to corner tips else Very Good. (64)pp printed on rectos only. A marvelous alphabet with MacKinstry's unique black and white illustrations of fey creatures and fairies. "F is for Flying - and see you fly young! G is for Gnomes with their tit-a-tat-too, H is for Hiding - and see that you do!" $150.00

The Sick Day
Maclachlan, Patricia. Illustrated by Dyer, Jane. (New York: Random House, 2001). First printing. 10x8 Glazed pictorial boards. Fine in Fine dustjacket. (32)pp. Originally published in 1979 with illustrations by William Pene Du Bois, this reissue features lovely illustrations from Jane Dyer's watercolors. $20.00

Miss Flora McFlimsey and the Little Red Schoolhouse
Mariana. New York: Lothrop, Lee & Shepard (1957). First Edition. 12mo Decorated cloth. [40]pp. The Little Girl thinks Miss Flora McFlimsey is uneducated and sends her to the dolls' school. Mariana's delicate and lovely watercolors illustrate this delightful tale of the old doll and the little black lamb. Small spot to upper cover, minor margin soil else Very Good. Dustjacket chipped with small scuff to upper panel. [SOLD]

A Fly Went By
McClintock, Mike. Illustrated by Siebel, Fritz. (New York): Random House (1958). Stated First Printing. 8vo. Pictorial boards. Very Good+ Dustjacket with small chips at spine head and tiny chips at corners. 62pp illustrated in color throughout. The third Beginner Books title and rather scarce in the jacket. $75.00

[McLoughlin] Little Bo-Peep
New York: McLoughlin Brothers, 1897. 13-1/2" Die-cut pictorial wraps. [16]pp including covers with six pages of chromolithographs plus two-color illustrations within the text. A scarce shape book containing the story of Little Bo-Peep and several other nursery rhymes. Covers creased and edge worn, lightly chipped. Spine reinforced with tape. Pages with a few small edge tears, center leaf loose. $125.00

Walk Into My Parlor: A Gift of Love to Baby Life
Mrs. S. Nall. Illustrated by J. Brown. New York: Worthington, c. 1883. 7.25"x7.25" Stiff pictorial wraps bound with a tied ribbon and with silk fringe around the upper cover. Leaves printed on rectos only and with seven nice chromolithographs featuring children, dogs and horses. Droll nursery poems about soldiers, dolls, horseys, doggys, The Poor, and Punchinello. The last poem is titled, "The Fly, the Spider, the Bat and the Cat," and, while it surely drew inspiration from Mary Howitt's poem, it is quite unique. A charming little book. Leaves loosening from ribbon, some lithos with tiny spots of flaking else Very Good. $200.00

Timmy Rides the China Clipper
Nay, Carol. Chicago: Albert Whitman, 1941 (1939). Fourth Printing. 8vo Beige cloth with large pictorial onlay. Fine in frayed dustjacket with small chips at spine ends and corners. 96pp with many wonderful lithographic illustrations in color and black & white, including maps and diagrams. The story revolves around Pan American Airways System's Boeing California Clipper and offers numerous technical facts and a full description of the ship's construction. [SOLD]

Drawing a Cat
Newberry, Clare Turlay. NY & London: The Studio (1940). New Edition, 1943. 5.75"x7" Blue boards. Tiny chip to spine head, leaves browning, Good+ Dustjacket darkened with small chip to spine heel. 64pp with numerous illustrations from Newberry's sketches and drawings and her detailed explanations on how she worked. [SOLD]

The Golden Calendar 1966
Parish, Peggy. Illustrated by Gergely, Tibor. n.p. Golden Press, n.d. Two tiny pin holes to upper cover, erased pencil notation to a January date else Very Good+ 8.25"x11" Pictorial wraps. (24)pp plus covers. A delightful calendar featuring a family of bears and their activities throughout the year. Also pictured are the flower and birthstone for each month, famous birthdays, high days and holidays. For every day, there is a little picture or saying on the calendar and at the back there is a puzzle about the names of the months. $75.00

Paths Through the Forest: A Biography of the Brothers Grimm
Peppard, Murray B. New York: Holt, Rinehart and Winston (1971). First Edition. 8vo. Cloth-backed boards. Bound upside-down else Very Good+ Dustjacket with a tear along the lower flap fold. xvi, 266pp, frontis, chronological table, selected bibliography, index. The author places the famous brothers in the context of their pivotal role in the German Romantic movement and as pioneers of modern philology. [SOLD]

An American ABC
Petersham, Maud and Miska. New York: Macmillan, 1941. First Edition. Small 4to Blue cloth. [56]pp with beautiful full-page color lithos by the Petershams at every opening. In this wonderful patriotic ABC, F is for Freedom, O for Old Glory, and Y for Yankee Doodle. Signed by both Maud and Miska Petersham. A 1942 Caldecott Honor book. Lower corner tips and spine heel show wear, occasional marginal finger soil, untidy names to ffep. Near Very Good in worn dustjacket, chipped at corners and spine ends, lightly soiled. [SOLD]

Sally Gabble and the Fairies
Potter, Miriam Clark. Illustrated by Sewell, Helen. New York: Macmillan, 1929. First Printing. 4.5"x6" Decorated lavender cloth. Near Fine in lightly soiled and frayed dustjacket. 87pp with lovely color frontis and many full-page and smaller drawings throughout the text. The endpapers picture a map of the Magic Woods and surrounds. Old Sally Gabble lived in those woods and the antics of the fairies kept her awake at night. When she set out a trap in her garden, Sally was rewarded with the tiniest wisp of a pretty fairy child. A title in Macmillan's Little Library and an early title illustrated by Helen Sewell. Quite scarce, particularly so in the dustjacket. $135.00

Little Tommy Tucker
Preston, Chloe. Kenosha: Samuel Lowe, 1940. Pictorial wrappers. 7"x7.75" One-quarter-inch tear to upper cover else Near Fine. (12)pp including covers. Little poems accompany Preston's delightful color illustrations on every page. See Nursery Rhymes For Children. $175.00

Nursery Rhymes For Children
Preston, Chloe. Kenosha: Samuel Lowe, 1942. Pictorial wrappers. 7.5"x11" Minor wear to spine, one-quarter-inch tear to a page margin else Very Good+ (12)pp including covers. Little poems accompany Preston's delightful color illustrations on every page. This book is a variant of Little Tommy Tucker and contains the same images and rhymes arranged in a different order. $175.00

[Primer] Art Stories Book One
Whitford, William G; Liek, Edna B. and Gray, William S. Chicago: Scott Foresman (c. 1933). 6.75"x8" Blue decorated cloth. Minor soil to lower cover, an occasional marginal smudge else Very Good. 144pp. First-grade unit of a group of books devoted to the appreciation of art. Stories are accompanied by many beautiful illustrations, including reproductions of paintings (one of which is by Jessie Wilcox Smith) and original art by several illustrators, among whom are Janet Laura Scott, Mildred Lyon Hetherington (cover and endpapers) and Keith Ward. Ward is best known as an illustrator of the Dick and Jane primers, books which were also co-authored by Gray and published by Scott Foresman. A title in the Curriculum Foundation Series. [SOLD]

Lucy Locket, The Doll with the Pocket!
Rae, John. Akron: Saalfield (1928). Reissue of original Volland edition. Pictorial boards with light rubbing to edges, minor wear to spine heel and lower corner tips else Very Good. Dustjacket a little worn with slight chipping at spine ends and corners. (96)pp. The story of an old doll who was so much loved by so many people that she came alive. Illustrated by the author with many wonderful color and black and white illustrations, both full-page and within the text. This copy is signed and dated ('41) by Rae to the bottom of the title page. [SOLD]

Alfred the Elephant (The Humpty Dumpty Elephant Book)
Rigby, Reginald. Illustrated by Rigby, Reginald and Myrtle, John M. London: Treherne [1904]. 3"x3" Red pictorial boards with a small scuff to the lower board. Slightly shaken, internally clean. 102pp. Leaves printed on one side only with color illustrations throughout. The story of an elephant: his babyhood, his proud family, his lessons, his humorous misadventures and how he finally came to be safe in London's Regent's Park. Number 3 of The Humpty Dumpty Books, "the prettiest child books in the world." A delightful wee book, just right for tiny hands. [SOLD]

Pictures From Mother Goose
Illustrations by Feodor Rojankovsky. New York: Simon and Schuster and Artists and Writers Guild, 1945. A portfolio of eight beautiful prints (14-1/4"x18-3/4") lithographed in six colors from deep-etched plates. Subjects are: Pussycat Pussycat, Mary Had a Little Lamb, Jack and Jill, Rain Rain Go Away, Little Boy Blue, Little Tommy Tittlemouse, Little Miss Muffet, and The Old Woman in the Shoe. The portfolio was a publication of The Golden Library and prints feature the rich, distinctive coloration which makes Rojankovsky's art so appealing. Slight margin soil to a few prints, small chip to one margin, short mended tear to another but images are Near Fine. The folding case is very worn with some soiling and two small distributor's stamps. To the best of our knowledge, these wonderful images were produced specially for this portfolio and do not appear elsewhere in Rojan's published work. [SOLD]

[Baby Book] Baby's Book
Sarg, Tony. NY: Greenberg (1943). 7"x10" Decoratively stamped pink and blue spiral-bound pebbled boards. Unused, Near Fine. In the original white pebbled box. Closed tear to side panel else Very Good. (80)pp printed on rectos only. Tony Sarg's delightful color illustrations throughout. A charming baby book with a dash of gentle humor. "Pretty soon I was able to crawl on my tummy. It was lots of fun. I got into plenty of mischief." $200.00

The True Story of the 3 Little Pigs!
Scieszka, Jon . Illustrated by Smith, Lane. (New York) Viking Kestrel (1989). 4to Glazed pictorial boards. Fine in Fine dustjacket, price clipped. (32)pp with humorously imaginative illustrations. This is a clever, funny and quite unique version of the old tale, this time told by A. Wolf who finally reveals HIS side of the story. First Printing of the original edition. $75.00

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