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[ABC] An ABC on Wheels
London: Thomas Nelson, ca 192?. 8.5"x11" Pictorial wraps. [16]pp with splendid color illustrations throughout. Each letter of the alphabet features a small vignette with a wheeled conveyance and a rhyme - everything from Char-a-bancs to land-Yachts. "X is the soldier rider / Who's known as an 'X-press. / If you have met one braver yet, / Pray send me his address." Quite a wonderful alphabet. 1924 gift inscription to verso of upper cover, light spine and edge wear else Very Good. $325.00

[ABC] A is for Always. An ABC Book.
Anglund, Joan Walsh

New York: Harcourt, Brace & World (1968). Stated First Edition. 3"x4" Decorated pink cloth. [32]pp. Each page features a color illustration of a letter of the alphabet and one or more children. Children sit on the letters, sleep on them, have tea under them and one wee lad even fishes in the "U". Anglund's paintings have a delicacy which can't be conveyed in our scan. This is a lovely little alphabet. Tiny, pale spot on jacket spine else book and jacket are Very Good+ in lightly rubbed slipcase. $35.00

[ABC] Peter Piper's Alphabet
Brown, Marcia

New York: Scribner's (1959). First Edition. Quarto. Publisher's reinforced cloth. [32]pp. Marcia Brown made a wonderful new book from the old tongue-twisting rhymes originally published in "Peter Piper's Practical Principles of Plain and Perfect Pronunciation," 1813. Her lively color illustrations are, as always, unique and delightful. Fine. Dustjacket chipped and torn. $125.00

[ABC] All Around the Town
McGinley, Phyllis

New York Lippincott (1948). Stated First Edition. Octavo. Cloth-backed decorated boards. [64]pp. An alphabet book of city life with marvelous color or black & white illustrations on almost every page by Helen Stone. Here's the bustle and excitement of the big city - the parks and policemen, the skating rinks and subways, the taxicabs, sidewalk vendors, kindergarteners, jay-walkers, buses and firetrucks...and more! Caldecott Honor Award in 1949. Lower corners show light wear, edges rubbed else Very Good. Dustjacket with a few tears and small chips at spine ends and corners. [SOLD]

[ABC] ABC Primer and Story Book
Swan, Kay

New York: Barse & Co., 1928. 12mo Pictorial boards. [32]pp. This little book aimed "to offer the best to a child's unfolding nature and developing intelligence." Each page features an alphabet letter with a marvelous illustration in bold, flat colors, accompanied by three simple sentences appropriate to a book for young children. Quite wonderful and very scarce. Minor rubbing to edges and spine tips else Very Good. Jacket a bit dust soiled, lightly frayed. $300.00

[ABC] The Angels' Alphabet
Stockum, Hilda Van

New York: Viking (1948). First Edition. Octavo. Color pictorial boards. [64]pp with illustrations from Hilda Van Stockum's beautiful drawings on the recto of every page. The author's six children helped her write this lovely book. A is for Angels and Archangels, C is for Cherubim, H is for Heaven. Extremities lightly rubbed. Near Fine in lightly frayed dustjacket. $125.00

[ABC] Comic Animals and their Adventures with Alphabets and Rhymes
[Wain, Louis and G. H. Thompson]

No publisher, n.d. (ca 190?). 7"x9" [16]pp including illustrated wraps. A piracy incorporating pictures from books illustrated by Wain and Thompson. Contains a comical animal alphabet, each letter with a humorous rhyme and image, with each opening in color on one side, facing text and smaller images in blue line on the other. "A is for alligator who bathed in the Nile, In a costume made up of a hat and a smile." The image on the upper cover is signed by Louis Wain, as are five of the small color alphabet images, and all color alphabet images appear to be Wain's. Includes The Animals' Trip to Sea, with three of Thompson's detailed full-page color pictures of anthropomorphic animals on board ship and at the seaside. Covers slightly stained and soiled, child's name penciled to upper cover. Light rubbing and wear along spine and at corners, long corner crease to lower cover. Very Good overall. $300.00

The Nursery Zoo: Story and Antics of Four Animal Friends
New York: Thomas Nelson & Sons, ca 192?. Quarto. Gilt decorated red cloth with color pictorial onlay. [64]pp. Contains four stories (each of which was also issued separately): Podgy Puppy, Cuddly Kitten, Busy Bunny and Naughty Neddy (an ass). Each story is sixteen pages long with twelve wonderful three-quarter page color plates surrounded by black & white drawings of children and animals, for a total of 48 plates by Anne Anderson and husband Alan Wright. Stories describe the escapades of mischievous young animals. Fine in dustjacket with closed tear to upper panel. A beautiful copy. $600.00


Our Soldier Boys
Donohue, 1917. Quarto. Color pictorial wraps. [12]pp including covers with three full-page color and two full-page sepia illustrations plus smaller images within the text. A description of the soldier's life for children, published during World War I. Small penciled price to corner of upper cover, minor spine wear. Near Fine. $85.00

Cherry Cheeks and Roses
London & New York: Nister & Dutton, ca 189?. Octavo. Cloth-backed color pictorial boards. [32]pp. A collection of poetry for children with seven charming full-page chromolithographs (including one double-page) plus many lovely sepia illustrations throughout the text, several signed by R(obert) A(nning) Bell. Shaken, corners worn, small scuff to cover image. Chromos clean and bright. Good+ [SOLD]

Old Friends with New Faces
London & New York: Castell Brothers & E. & J. B. Young, ca 1888. Square octavo. Cloth-backed pictorial boards. [24]pp. A book of old nursery rhymes superbly illustrated by Will Gibbons with many fine chromolithographs, both full-page and within the text. Christmas, 1888 inscription. A few tiny fox spots in margins of center opening, somewhat shaken else Very Good. $225.00

Queen and Princess of Dollyland
New York: McLoughlin, ca 1879. 4.5"x5.5" Printed wraps. [8]pp with four very nice full-page color illustrations. Includes four rhyming stories about favorite dolls: The Princess Clarabelle, Princess Laura, Princess Peggy and The Queen of Dolly-Land. A toy book in Uncle Toby's Series and probably a pirated edition. Leaves loose in wraps with light wear and some separation to spine, small tear throughout in bottom margins. Good+ A bright copy. $100.00

Little Red Riding Hood
New York: George Scully (1920). 12mo Pictorial boards. [32]pp with terrific full page and smaller color illustrations and a few small black & white vignettes by Julia Daniels. Endpapers are different, front and back, with rear endpapers depicting Little Red Riding Hood in a snow scene, wearing a coat and muff made of wolf fur! In this version of the tale, the wolf loses no time in eating grandmother but Little Red Riding Hood is spared a similar fate at the last moment when a woodman rushes in and kills the wolf. Similar in style to a Volland, this is a charming little book with wonderful illustrations for the old story. Covers lightly dust soiled with a little rubbing along spine and to corner tips, light wear to spine ends else Very Good. Scarce. [SOLD]

The Story of Cinderella
New York: Lothrop, Lee & Shepard (1945). First Edition Thus. Square 12mo. Color pictorial boards. 34pp illustrated with 16 color plates from photographs featuring dolls designed and made by Amalia Serkin. Interestingly, one of the photos includes the ornate model of the coronation coach from the London Museum, here used as Cinderella's transport to the ball. A unique and charming version of this old fairy tale. A Lothrop Color Storybook title. Light rubbing to spine and corner tips else Very Good+ Dustjacket price-clipped with edge tears and piece missing at upper right-hand corner. [SOLD]

Why Mosquitoes Buzz in People's Ears: A West African Tale
Aardema, Verna, retold by

New York: The Dial Press (1975). First Edition. Square 8vo. Blue cloth stamped in blind. [32]pp with strikingly beautiful color illustrations throughout by Leo and Diane Dillon. An African legend which explains why Mosquito gave up telling tall tales but adopted a habit which is worse. This was the first of two back-to-back Caldecott Medals for the Dillons. Cloth faded along upper edge, bookplate and small bookstore sticker to free endpaper. Very Good in dustjacket with Caldecott Medal affixed. Jacket lightly soiled with neat name and date to upper flap. [SOLD]

Tommy Tingle Tangle
Addington, Sarah

Joliet: Volland (1927). Stated First Edition. 12mo Color pictorial boards. 40pp with delightful color illustrations throughout by Gertrude Alice Kay. The story of what happened when Tommy Tingle Tangle and the other fairy children wanted Santa to visit them on Christmas Eve. A Volland Sunny Book. Near Fine. $125.00

Dear Phoebe
Alexander, Sue

Boston Little, Brown (1984). First Edition. 9.5"x7.25" Orange decorated boards. 32pp. Charming color illustrations throughout by Eileen Christelow. Phoebe Dormouse is leaving home and moving out on her own for the first time. Fine in like dustjacket. [SOLD]

Mary Alice Returns
Allen, Jeffrey

Boston Little, Brown (1986). First Edition. Quarto. Blue boards. [32]pp with wacky and wonderful color illustrations by James Marshall. The third Mary Alice adventure. "We don't play with the telephone company." Funny! Near Fine in Good dustjacket (tears, minor soil). $35.00

The Real Princess
Andersen, Hans Christian

Chicago: Albert Whitman, 1932. First Edition. 4to Green cloth with large pictorial onlay. [18]pp. Andersen's familiar fairy tale of the Princess and the Pea is illustrated with seven beautiful full page color plates plus cover image by Danish artist
Hedvig Collin. This edition of the story is dedicated to Bertha Mahoney Miller, "that staunch friend of the best of books for children." The book was printed in Germany and the rear jacket flap features a list of "distinctive foreign picture books." Neat inscription to title page else Near Fine. The art deco dustjacket is frayed, chipped at corners and spine heel. [SOLD]

d'Aulaire, Ingri & Edgar Parin

New York: Doubleday (1948). First Edition. Quarto. Cloth-backed pictorial boards. [40]pp with rich, deep color and black & white lithographs throughout, drawn directly on stone by the artists. A unique blending of the d'Aulaire's native culture and their affection for their new home in America, Nils is a great little story about a boy of Norwegian heritage who wants to be a cowboy. Bucking broncs mingle with creatures of Norse legend and cowboy hats with long Norwegian knitted stockings. Lower corners show wear else Very Good. Dustjacket worn and tattered. $150.00

Whistling-Two-Teeth and the Forty-Nine Buffalos
Averill, Naomi

New York: Grosset & Dunlap, 1939. Square octavo. Cloth-backed pictorial boards. [24]pp. Averill illustrated her tale of the Plains Indians with several stunning double-page lithographs in rich, flat color and with many smaller in-text illustrations. Little Whistling-Two-Teeth fasts alone with his pony on a high ridge above the tribe and dreams of forty-nine buffalos covered with snow. Bader p. 160. Child's penciled name to ffep else Fine in frayed dustjacket with small chip at spine head. $225.00

Songs for the Little Child
Baker, Clara Belle, verses composed and adapted by

New York: Abingdon Press (1938). First Edition. Quarto. Turquoise blue decorated cloth. 100pp with nine beautiful full-page full-color plates, including frontis, plus numerous illustrations from black & white drawings by Pauline Batchelder Adams. Folk melodies harmonized by Caroline Kohlsaat. Features 100 charming verses set to music, divided into sections: Our Pets; Birds, Bees and Butterflies; Flowers and Leaves; Wind and Weather; Travel and Trade; Play and Rest; Every Day and Special Days; and The Child's Worship. Inscribed by Caroline Kohlsaat to poet Jean Burden. Fine in dustjacket with chips to spine tips. [SOLD]

Ant and Bee Time
Banner, Angela

New York: Franklin Watts (1969). First American Edition. 5"x4" Pictorial boards. 95pp with the author's delightful color illustrations throughout. The two tiny friends attend the Zoo Games held by Kind Dog and the Zoo Man. Everyone has lots of fun and learns about telling time. Slight rubbing at corner and spine tips else Near Fine. Dustjacket a little rubbed at corners and spine tips, lightly edge worn. $200.00

The Story of Little Black Sambo
[Bannerman, Helen]

Springfield: McLoughlin Brothers (1931). 12mo Pictorial boards. [18]pp with marvelous brightly colored Art Deco illustrations by Hildegard Lupprian, including pictorial endpapers. A McLoughlin Junior Color Classics title and an uncommon edition of the tale. Chipping at spine ends, two small closed tears to spine, small stain to upper board at fore edge, some rubbing to extremities. A clean Good+ copy. [SOLD]

The Mousehole Cat
Barber, Antonia

New York: Macmillan (1990). First American Edition. 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. Wondrous images by Nicola Bayley of the great Storm Cat and tiny Mowzer, the sea and the village are the perfect complement to this magical tale. Commended for the Kate Greenaway Medal. Lower corners lightly bumped else Very Good+ in dustjacket. $40.00
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