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Adventures of Miss Tabby Gray
Baylor, Adelaide S.

Boston: W. A. Wilde Company (1913). 12mo. Cord tied stab binding with illustrated paper jacket over light card wraps. 64pp with wonderful little illustrations of cats and dogs in brown line throughout the text by Josephine Bruce. A delightful tale, told in rhyme, about proud Miss Tabby Gray and her friends, with a chapter devoted to the dogs Rags and Fido. The story ends at Miss Tabby Gray's Annual Feast with all the animals in attendance. Minor mends to spine with a little splitting of jacket along spine edge of upper cover. Faded ink name to cover else Very Good. Scarce. [SOLD]


The Three Little Pigs
Benstead, Vivienne
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New York: Random House, 1942. Octavo. Pictorial boards. [28]pp illustrated with charming color and black & white lithographs by Mary Cameron. This is not the modern, gentle version of the old tale, as two of the little pigs are eaten and the wolf dies in the pot, but the author relates this mayhem so cheerfully. (!!!) A production of the Artists and Writers Guild and a nice edition of this nursery favorite. Near Fine in lightly frayed dustjacket. $85.00


Lonesome Boy
Bontemps, Arna

Boston: Houghton Mifflin, 1955. First Edition. 8vo Dark blue cloth. 28pp with expressive black & white illustrations by Feliks Topolski. Even out in a cornfield, Bubber loves to blow his trumpet loud and fast and high. But his grandpa tells him that blowing a horn and not paying attention to where you are can land a person in some funny places. Inscribed and signed by the author to poet Jean Burden "who would understand my lonesome boy." Upper endpapers slightly darkened from a newspaper clipping else Very Good. Dustjacket chipped with closed tears, spine darkened, stains to upper panel. $175.00


You Can't Pet a Possum
Bontemps, Arna

New York: William Morrow, 1934. First Edition. 8vo Red decorated cloth. 120pp. Illustrated by Ilse Bischoff with four wonderful color plates and line drawings within the text. The story of a little black boy named Shine, his Aunt Cindy, and his big, yellow pup Butch, who live out in the country in the South. Arna Bontemps gave children a book full of interesting episodes and several dashes of real excitement. Cloth lightly soiled along lower edge of upper cover. Name on ffep stroked through with black marker, light marginal finger soil else Very Good. Dustjacket is dust-soiled and darkened, chipped, worn, and torn along edges, with a few light pencil marks to upper panel. A rather scarce early title, particularly in the jacket, by this noted Harlem Renaissance poet and writer. $450.00


Shadow
Brown, Marcia, translated and illustrated by
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New York: Scribner's (1982). First Edition. Quarto. Cloth-backed boards decorated in blind. [40]pp with Marcia Brown's stunning color illustrations throughout. To look at Brown's brilliant, powerful images is to hear in the distance the beat of drums, the rustle and clatter of vegetation and the screams of jungle birds, the pounding of feet in the dance. Text from the French of Blaise Cendrars. This Caldecott Medal Winner is inscribed and signed by Marcia Brown to the ffep. Fine in dustjacket. [SOLD]


Maybelle the Cable Car
Burton, Virginia Lee

Boston: Houghton Mifflin, 1952. First Edition. Square octavo. Green decorated cloth. [48]pp with Virginia Lee Burton's marvelous color illustrations throughout. Maybelle's story is a celebration of the San Francisco cable cars, which Burton knew from early childhood and later rode to art school. Based on a true occurrence, when the city said the cable cars were old-fashioned and must be replaced by modern buses, the people of San Francisco resoundingly said "No!" This copy signed by Virginia Lee Burton, a Caldecott Award-winning illustrator whose signature is quite uncommon. Upper corners bumped, small scuff to upper corner of ffep. Very Good in dustjacket with several closed tears. [SOLD]


Stay Up Late
Byrne, David

(New York): Viking Kestrel (1987). First Edition. Quarto. Cloth-backed pictorial boards. [16]pp with fascinating color illustrations by Maira Kalman. A celebration of the joy and pandemonium created when a new baby is brought into the family. "Don't you love the little baby. / Don't you want to / make him stay up late?" Based on the song written by David Byrne for the Talking Heads album Little Creatures. ALA Booklist. Fine in almost Fine dustjacket. $100.00


A Spell is Cast
Cameron, Eleanor

Boston: Little, Brown (1964). First Edition. 8vo Turquoise blue decorated cloth. 271pp with occasional illustrations from line drawings by Beth and Joe Krush. A mystery set on California's Pacific coast. This is a presentation copy from Eleanor Cameron to poet Jean Burden dated September, 1964: "...my great gratitude for all you did for the first draft of this book!" A Commonwealth Club of California Book Award winner. Fine in dustjacket (hint of wear at spine tips). $150.00


The Mysterious Christmas Shell
Cameron, Eleanor

Boston: Little, Brown (1961). First Edition. 8vo Decorated tan cloth. 184pp with black & white illustrations from ink and wash drawings by Beth and Joe Krush. Tom and Jennifer return to Redwood Cove for Christmas holidays, only to find that Sea Meadows, where they'd met the Churnadryne, is to be leveled for a shopping center. A presentation copy to poet Jean Burden, warmly inscribed and signed by Eleanor Cameron, dated January 1962. Laid in is a clipped review of the book. Small piece torn from the lower margin of one leaf else Very Good+ Dustjacket with a little wear and chipping at spine ends and a corner tip. $150.00


The Little Dreamer's Adventure: A Story of Droll Days and Droll Doings
Child, Frank Samuel

Boston: Lee and Shepard, 1900. 12mo Crimson cloth decorated in gilt and colors, the attractive poppy design repeated on the spine. xii, 230pp + 6pp of adverts. Delightful black & white illustrations by
C. H. L. Gebfert. A large family of siblings and cousins decide to make a calendar (Anna Domino's Calendar) to record their history in the coming year. The story involves many fantasy sequences and a great deal of curious wordplay. When published, this book was described as "a Book of Days for the especial delectation of children." Light foxing to fore edge and endpapers, gift inscription ffep, minor wear to lower corner tips. Very Good. $50.00


Over the River and Through the Woods
Child, Lydia Maria

New York: North-South Books (1993). First Thus. Tall quarto. Glazed pictorial boards. [27]pp with illustrations of old rural New England from wonderful watercolor-painted woodcuts by Christopher Manson. Lydia Maria Child's poem first appeared in her poetry anthology in the mid-1840's. Child's friend, John Greenleaf Whittier, included six stanzas of the poem in his popular children's verse collection under the title "Thanksgiving Day" and thereafter it became known as the unofficial anthem of Thanksgiving. The music for the song is included. Fine in dustjacket. A beautiful book. $25.00


The Fun of Saving Up. Thrift Bank Book.
Childs, Elizabeth Hebert

[New York]: Platt & Munk, 1921. Oblong octavo. Cloth-backed pictorial boards. Six pages of illustrated poems about thriftiness are followed by four heavy board pages, each with die-cut slots into which children can place their pennies, nickles, dimes and quarters. As each coin is placed in its slot, a child then places a glued stamp over the coin so that when a page is completed, a color picture is formed. "So place the money in each space / That's cut for it to fit, / And place a pretty picture stamp / With care, right over it." The verso of each stamp is hand lettered with its monetary designation and number; stamps are stored in a mounted envelope on the recto of the lower board. A little corner wear, small margin tear to last leaf else Very Good+ with all stamps present and unused. A unique and delightful book. $200.00


Bread-and-Butter Journey
Colver, Anne

New York: Holt, Rinehart and Winston (1970). Stated First Edition. 8vo Illustrated boards. 101pp with illustrations from drawings by Garth Williams. Sequel to Bread-and-Butter Indian. The young pioneer heroine was the author's ancestor and the material for the stories was drawn from her family's journals. Here Barbara Baum and her mother and brother set off with another family to a new homestead in western Pennsylvania. Neat name to ffep else Fine. Very Good+ dustjacket is lightly frayed, price-clipped. $50.00


Old John
Cragen, Mairin

New York: Macmillan, 1936. First Edition. 8vo Red decorated cloth. 180pp with full-page illustrations from what appear to be scratchboard drawings plus smaller line drawings within the text by Helen Sewell. An Irish fairy tale about a shoemaker and his family - a blue terrier, a white goat and a little red hen. They live a quiet life until one day they're joined by a white cat of Faery and then their adventures begin. Corners lightly bumped, minor margin soil else Very Good. Dustjacket with edge wear and tear and piece missing at spine head. $125.00


The Four-leaved Shamrock and Other Stories
de Valera, Sinead

Dublin: Fallons, n.d. [1964]. 8vo Pictorial boards. 120pp with illustrations from line drawings by Eileen Coghlan. Mrs. de Valera divided her tales into Babyland, Fairyland and Ghostland - thirteen stories in all. The author was the wife of Eamon de Valera, then President of Ireland. Minor wear to spine ends. Very Good in lightly soiled and frayed dustjacket. $40.00


Because of Winn-Dixie
DiCamillo, Kate

Cambridge: Candlewick Press (2000). First Edition. 12mo Blue boards. 182pp. The funny, touching, warm-hearted first novel by talented Kate DiCamillo. A Newbery Honor book in 2001; released as a film in 2005.
Signed by Kate DiCamillo on the ffep. Fine in dustjacket. $325.00



A Brighter Garden
Dickinson, Emily

New York: Philomel (1990). First Edition. Quarto. Green cloth-backed boards with green ribbon page marker. 63pp with lovely illustrations from paintings by Tasha Tudor to accompany this selection of 23 poems. Slightest fading along upper edge of rear board. Near Fine in dustjacket with small tears at upper corners. $60.00


 
 
Return to Gone-Away
Enright, Elizabeth

New York: Harcourt, Brace & World (1961). First Edition. 8vo Decorated green cloth. 191pp with illustrations from line drawings by Beth and Joe Krush. The sequel to Enright's Newbery Honor booK Gone-Away Lake. Portia and her family return to Gone-Away and move into a wonderful old house which has been locked up for nearly half a century. Neat Christmas inscription to ffep. Near Fine in Very Good dustjacket (small closed tear to upper panel, lower panel lightly soiled). $150.00


A Little Oven
Estes, Eleanor

New York: Harcourt, Brace, 1955. Stated First Edition. Oblong octavo. Blue boards. [32]pp with childlike color illustrations by the author. A charming story about two little girls from different parts of the world who become best friends when their families move to Connecticut. The book's title comes from an amusing misunderstanding that arises between wee Genevieve and her mother. An Advance Copy of this rather elusive title with a small review request slip bound in with the pages. Slight rubbing to corner and spine tips else Near Fine. Dustjacket lightly dusted with a little fraying and edge wear, some small chips and holes. [SOLD]


Polly Patchwork
Field, Rachel

Garden City: Doubleday, Doran, 1928. First Edition. 16mo. Pale yellow cloth. 56pp with bright little color illustrations throughout by the author. Polly wears a patchwork dress made by her grandmother from an old family quilt and wins the spelling match with the help of her ancestors. Realms of Gold p. 138. Corner lightly bumped else Very Good in Good dustjacket (chipped along upper edge). $125.00


Sleigh Bells for Windy Foot
Fox, Frances

New York: McGraw-Hill (1948). First Edition. 8vo Red decorated cloth. 184pp with black & white illustrations by Lee Townsend. Toby cuts down an old sleigh to fit his dappled pony, Windy Foot. A story with lots of excitement, including a rampaging bear, and pervaded by all the warmth and joy of Christmas. One dog-eared leaf, tidy gift inscription to ffep. Very Good+ in chipped and unevenly darkened dustjacket. $85.00


Chouchou
Francoise

New York: Scribner's, 1958. First Edition. 4to Blue decorated cloth. [32]pp with the author's charming color illustrations throughout. Chouchou is a nice little donkey who helps a young photographer make wonderful pictures. Chouchou loves his job until one day he makes a small mistake and winds up in jail! Francoise (Seignobosc) met the real Chouchou on vacation in the Pyrenees and he did get in trouble just as he does in the book. A New York Times Best Illustrated Children's Book. Very Good+ in lightly soiled and frayed dustjacket. Publisher's complimentary slip laid in. An uncommon title. $150.00


Come Again, Pelican
Freeman, Don

New York Viking Press (1961). First Edition. Oblong octavo. Yellow decorated cloth. 44pp with vibrant color illustrations throughout. Every year Ty's family camp in their trailer in the same spot on the white sand dunes by the ocean and every year the pelican is there waiting for Ty. The story is obviously set at a California beach and Don Freeman's illustrations are evocative and beautiful. This title was honored as the 1962 Significant contribution in the field of illustration by the Southern California Council on Literature for Children and Young People. Very Good in dustjacket with large piece missing from lower panel. $145.00


A Writer
Goffstein, M. B.

New York Harper & Row (1984). First Edition. 12mo. Cloth-backed boards. [32]pp with the author's watercolor illustrations. Another wonderful little book from the pen and brush of Brooke Goffstein wherein she tells children how writers nourish and grow their ideas into books. Fine in Very Good dustjacket, lightly soiled and worn. $35.00


The Little White Horse
Goudge, Elizabeth

New York: Coward-McCann (1947). First American Edition. 8vo Silver decorated blue cloth. 280pp with illustrations from line drawings by
C. Walter Hodges. A fantasy set in England's enchanted West Country "a hundred years ago." This title not only won England's prestigious Carnegie Medal, but no less an author than J. K. Rowling has said it was her favorite as a child. High praise indeed! The title was also an Honor Book in the New York Herald Tribune's Children's Spring Book Festival. Some fading to spine, slight fore edge foxing else Very Good. Dustjacket lightly soiled, spine a bit darkened, with a little chipping at spine ends and corners. $250.00
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