CLARKSON, L. [Louise Clarkson Sauerwein Lord Whitelock]
New York and London, 1882
New York and London: E.P. Dutton & Co. and Griffith and Farran, 1882. Boards. Very good. Louise CLARKSON. [POETRY] [WOMAN AUTHOR and ILLUSTRATOR]. New York: E.P. Dutton & Co., 39, West Twenty-Third Street and London: Griffith and Farran, Corner of St. Paul's Churchyard. Louise CLARKSON, illustrator.
Small 4to;  leaves printed recto only; gold pictorial boards, front illustration of fairies amongst apple blossoms with a bird and butterfly looking on, rear board "Baby-Blossoms or What the Winds are Saying" with a pictorial of apple blossoms and a vignette of a baby fairy in a blossom; gold cloth shelf-back; green floral eps, ownership label on the front pastedown, "The Private Property of Clara McDowell" with a poem; gift inscription dated "Xmas 1899" on verso ffep; color pictorial title page; 15 full-page chromolithographed plates; light buckling to board paper, scuffing to edges, a small crush on the top edge of the front board, front joint paper cracked but holding; very good. A beautifully illustrated children's book of poetry and fairies by Louise Clarkson Sauerwein Lord Whitelock (1851-1928), writing under the name Louise Clarkson. She was active in writing and illustrating around 1877-1898, and in the Woman's Literary Club of Baltimore. From her poem "Little Water-Sprite": I'm the Fairy of the lake, / On my snow-white swan I take / Many a happy ride. / Where the cat-tails grow up high, / Where the water-lilies lie, / We go gliding softly by / With the tide.
[ANDERSEN, Hans Christian]
New York and Boston, 1900
New York and Boston: H.M. Caldwell Company, 1900. Cloth. Near fine. [DECORATIVE COVER]. Printed in Scotland, at The Villafield Press, Glasgow.
Cover title: Stories From Andersen, Stories Old and New
12mo; 126pp +  publisher's ad; cream colored glazed cloth over board, gilt-stamped hearts and lettering, color pictorial onlay of a girl feeding ducks; green illustrated endpapers; color decorated title page; fp + 7 glazed color plates; untrimmed fore-edge; lightly cocked forward; near fine. Lovely illustrations accompany the retelling of four Hans Christian Andersen's (1805-1875) stories for children: The Ugly Duckling, The Fir Tree, The Tinder Box, and The Snow Queen. The dating of the book is based on the existence of the H.M.Caldwell Company from 1896-1914.
The Villafield Press in Glasgow was established by University of Glasgow printer, Andrew Duncan, in 1818 when the University could no longer house the new press. Duncan resigned from his post at the University in 1826. He came from a family of booksellers and stationers and, later joined by his son, printed books and material for which he felt he had customers. He introduced stereotyping and the Columbian Press, a hand-operated press especially favored by printmakers, to Glasgow. The Special Collections Library at Glasgow University.
New York, 1864
New York: James G. Gregory, 540 Broadway, 1864. Cloth. Very good. [VICTORIANA]. C.A. Alvord, Stereotyped & Printer, New York.
12mo (7 1/8" x 5 ¼"); 95pp +  publisher's ads; green cloth over board, blind stamped borders and floral design, gilt-stamped title and vignette of a girl and dog on front; peach-colored glazed endpapers; color fp and pictorial half-title; 2 lithographed plates; wear to boards with loss at corners, some age-toning, finger marks, and some foxing; very good minus. An unusual and very Victorian-style story about a young girl named Edith, who was called Little Blue Hood for the hooded cap she wore. Edith is kidnapped by an old woman but reunited with her mother after the kidnapper's death. "Inquire among the aged and the helpless, the poor and the needy, where Sorrow has alighted, and Misfortune found a pitiful home, and there you will hear of a Ministering Angel, who is ever coming and going on errands of Charity, and Loving-kindness, and will be told that, in the days of her girlhood, she was known by the name of Little Blue Hood.".
Tours: Maison Alfred Mame & Fils, 1919. Boards. Very good. JOB" Jacques Marie Gaston Onfroy de Breville. [ABECEDARIAN]. First edition. 4to (11 ¾" x 9 7/8" ); 54pp; color pictorial boards, red cloth shelf back, letters ABC with animals, 2 children and a fairy on the front, anthropomorphic animals parading around a well on the rear; blue endpapers, ownership in ink dated "Paris 1930" on ffep; chromolithographed fp, historiated caps and color vignette on title page; heavy cream colored paper stock; color illustrations every page with text wear to boards with chipping, and soiling, interior bright; very good minus. A charming French ABC book offering a title word and story for each alphabet letter. Detailed and imaginative illustrations with illustrated capital letters and anthropomorphic animals and insects.
Illustrated by the French artist, illustrator, and cartoonist, Jacques Marie Gaston Onfroy de Bréville (1858-1931), who signed his work "JOB." He was awarded the National Order of the Legion of Honour for his work.
MITCHELL, S. Augustus
Philadelphia: E.H. Butler & Co, 1865. S. Augustus MITCHELL. [ATLAS]. First edition. 4to; plates of maps + 7pp of geographical tables following; half-bound leather with gilt-stamped brown cloth over board, 5 banded spine, gilt-stamped title; marbled endpapers and edges; 56 hand-colored maps; rubbing of boards and some flaking of leather, light foxing throughout, boards lightly warped; very good. OCLC locates 14 copies of this edition, 12 in the U.S.
Fifty-six (56) listed and numbered hand-colored maps, including numbering of many of the inset maps. Geographical tables follow the maps. Fifty-six (56) listed and numbered hand-colored maps, including numbering of many of the inset maps. Geographical tables follow the maps.
London: Macmillan & Co, 1892. Half Bound Leather. Near fine. [EXPLORATION] [NON-FICTION]. Maps: Stanford's Geography Established. A Sketch Map of Mr. Warburton Pike's Journeys to the Barren Ground of Northern Canada, London: Macmillan & Co., 10 ½" x 8 ½" paper, 9 ½" x 6 7/16" within the neat line; green coloring; vertical crease to map; near fine.
Stanford's Geography Established. Dominion of Canada. Outline Map Shewing the Larger Unexplored Areas, 1890. London: Macmillan & Co. 5 ½" x 8 ¾" within the neat line; green coloring; fine.
8vo;  2-300pp; half-bound in brown leather with brown speckled paper over board, five raised band and gilt stamped spine; brown and yellow marbled endpapers; gilt top; 2 maps present; scuffing and peeling of cover leather; very good. Warburton Pike was a British explorer and game hunter who explored the Artic. This book follows his quest to find the Musk-ox, "a strange animal, a relic from an earlier age", and also the Indians who hunted them. He was assisted by the Hudson Bay Company.
New York, 1961
New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 1961. Cloth. Very good/very good. Nancy Ekholm BURKERT. [WOMAN ILLUSTRATOR]. Nancy Ekholm BURKERT, illustrator.
First edition, Second state. SBN 394-81282-4 on rear dust jacket panel, "The Book Press" imprint on colophon page. 4to; 118, pp; red cloth over board, blind-stamped wreath around a portrait of a boy on front, gilt-stamped lettering on spine; lime green endpapers, gift inscription on ffep marked out in black marker; illustrations in black and red, including frontispiece; 4 color plates; horizontal crease partially across the front board; clipped color pictorial dust jacket, light chipping to edges; very good in vg dj.
New York, 1930
New York: The Platt & Munk Co., Inc., Publishers, 1930. Cloth. Near fine. Lois L. LENSKI. Lois L. LENSKI, illustrator. Second issue. 8vo; pp; red cloth over board, color pictorial onlay featuring a train on a track and black lettering; "Never Grow Old Series" list before half-title includes nine titles ending with The Little Engine That Could and a two-line statement on the front paste-down begins with "No. 358 Made in U.S.A."; both b&w and color illustrations throughout; rubbed corners, minimal shelf wear, lacking its dust jacket; near fine. This is a wonderful children's book whose famous line "I think I can, I think I can" has been beloved and encouragement to its readers for generations.
This book has a very complicated edition issue history. We have used several sources and found that Zielinski's online "Children's Picturebook Collecting" is helpful for modern titles. Our research indicates that this copy is the first one to have a dust jacket (lacking on this example) and a paste-down on the front cloth board. The earlier editions in the "Never Grow Old Series" had a presentation box and no dust jacket, a paste-down image on the front blue board, and a black cloth spine. The points listed above in the book description are important in the identification of the edition.
The book also has a long and complicated history in regard to authorship. Platt and Munk published it under the pseudonym, Watty Piper, for author Arnold Munk (1888-1957), one of the publishing company's owners.
De ANGELI, Marguerite
Philadelphia: The Westminster Press, 1944. Boards. Very good/very good. [HOLIDAY] [WOMAN AUTHOR and ILLUSTRATOR]. First edition. 16mo (6 5/8" x 5 1/8"); pp; peach colored decorated boards, portrait vignette of a woman and child on front, black lettering; color pictorial endpapers; vignette of a turkey on title page; decorative letters and small vignette illustrations in peach; scuffed corners; unclipped color pictorial dust jacket, price of 75 cents on front flap, scuffing to edges, small split at spine head with old tape repair; very good plus in vg dj. Marguerite De Angeli (1889-1987) was an American writer and illustrator who worked in the midst of raising five children and without a quiet studio. She asserted that her art came from the busyness of family life, and her mother's encouragement that she and her siblings could be whatever they wanted to be. Mahony, Folmsbee & Latimer 298.
In this Christmas story, a family struggles financially with a child's illness, and providing for festivities during the holiday. The back flap author biography states that this was a personal story for De Angeli when she was 12 years old.
UPTON, Bertha, verses. Florence K. UPTON, illustrator
London, New York & Bombay, 1901
London, New York & Bombay: Longmans, Green and Co, 1901. Boards. Very good. Florence K. UPTON. [STIGMATIZING ILLUSTRATIONS] [RHYMING VERSE] [WOMAN AUTHOR] [WOMAN ILLUSTRATOR].
8vo oblong (8 5/8" x 11"); 66pp; color pictorial boards, a Golliwog and two Dutch dolls in a go-cart on front; quarter-bound green cloth; color patterned endpapers with swans and sailing ships, lacking rear free endpaper; color vignette of a Dutch doll on title page; 31 full-page color illustrations; text and line drawings in sepia; wear and light soiling to boards with loss at corners, spot on front board, last page has age-toning, lacking rear ep; very good minus. The Golliwogg and its Dutch doll companions go on an adventure in a go-cart. The Golliwogg was a character invented by Florence Upton (1873-1922) based on a Black minstrel toy. The Dutch dolls were penny-wooden dolls popular because of their jointed limbs and inexpensive price. This book was part of a series of 13 Golliwogg stories popular in the late 19th and early 20th century illustrated by Florence and written by her mother, Bertha.
MARTIN, Judy and Barry
New York, 1963
New York: Spertus Publishing Company, Inc, 1963. Wraps. Near fine. [JUVENILE] [PAPER DOLLS] [ADVERTISING] [TRAVEL].
Cover title: Singer World's Fair Dress-Up Book, A Paper Doll Book. The Official 1964-1954 New York World's Fair Paper-Doll Book
4to (13 7/8" x 10");  leaves printed one-side only; stiff glazed yellow pictorial wrapper, color illustrations on front of the world's fair and the two paper doll characters, the girl sitting at a sewing machine, rear wrapper features five vignettes of national costumes; stiff glazed color pictorial title page with two die-cut paper dolls to punch out; last leaf a still glazed color pictorial with a die-cut Unisphere and to punch out, and a small girl and boy die-cut vignette with stand; 6 leaves of uncut color paper doll clothing; 1" separation at wrapper tail fold, creasing to front and rear at the top staple; near fine. OCLC locates 4 copies, 3 in the U.S. and one in Hong Kong. A wonderful, unused, colorful paper doll booklet from the Singer Pavilion at the New York's World Fair. The two die-cut paper dolls found on the title page are labeled "Peter" and "Wendy" (perhaps recalling the 1960 made for TV movie titled Peter Pan). National costumes from Thailand, the U.S.A., Austria, Mexico, France, Africa, Italy, Eskimo garb, Japan, and Sweden are ready for cutting out on the line and dressing the dolls. A large Unisphere die-cut appears on the last stiff leaf and can be punched-out and placed on its corresponding stand.
Thumbnail color illustrations of the New York State Pavilion, the Federal Pavilion, Festival of Gas, Eastman Kodak, India, Holland, Johnson's Wax Pavilion, General Motors are pictured on the.
[VALENTINE, Laura B.J.]
London: Frederick Warne & Co, 1866. Wraps. Very good. [ILLUSTATED] [WOMAN AUTHOR]. Kronheim & Co., London, printer. Small 4to (10 3/8" x 9 1/8");  leaves printed one side only; stiff glazed pink wrapper, brightly colored decorative border surrounding lettering on front, rear wrapper is publisher's advertisement for "Warne's Nursery Literature;" publisher's string binding; 6 full page illustrations with offsetting to opposite page of text; light wear and soiling to wrapper, binding holding but pulling in wrapper fold, split in wrapper fold, pages age-toned; very good minus. Carpenter & Prichard 37. One of Frederick Warne's lushly illustrated Toy Books. In this story, an English girl named Fanny receives a walking doll named Violet for her birthday at an elaborate party. Fanny takes Violet on a trip first to India and then to France where they are presented at the court of Empress Eugenie (wife of Napoleon III) so that she can see a walking doll. An intriguing story highlighting the life of a wealthy mid-19th century girl, packed with lessons for girls and their preparation for motherhood.
The dating of the book is found in the clue on the rear wrapper in the review of Warne's Toy Books from the Atlas dated January 1866. Waddleton collection at Cambridge through Pi Co Boo website.
London, New York, Toronto, 1943
London, New York, Toronto: Oxford University Press, 1943. Cloth. Very good +/very good +. Tasha TUDOR. [WOMAN AUTHOR and ILLUSTRATOR]. Tasha TUDOR, illustrator. Hilda SCOTT, calligraphy.
First edition. 16mo square (6 5/8" x 6 1/8"); pp; pale gray cloth over board, pastedown label on front board with blue lettering and witch hazel branches; animal vignettes in blue within a border on eps; pictorial title page, cat tails with lettering in a blue border; 13 full-page illustrations in shades of blue; light glue burn at front hinge, brown stain on lower edge 2pp; unclipped pictorial dust jacket with price of $1.00 of front flap, plants and lettering on the front in blue, vignette of oak leaves on rear panel, lightly age-toned; very good plus in very good plus dj. Hare W2. One of Tasha Tudor's (1915-1908) sweetly told stories accompanied by her tender illustrations. Tudor was an American writer and illustrator primarily of children's books. She felt her unconventional childhood led her to live an agrarian life as an adult, and fostered her love of illustration.
New York, 1899
New York: McLoughlin Bros, 1899. Wraps. Very good. [ABECEDARIAN] [RHYMING VERSE]. 4to (10 ½" x 8 3/8"); pp; glazed stiff wrapper; chromolithograph of a boy in a sailor suit holding a U.S. flag on the front, three children dressed in red, white, and blue with a U.S. flag on the rear; color illustrations throughout; light scuffing and general wear to wrapper, newer staples at fold with some previous paper conservation; very good. One of McLoughlin Bros. alphabet books for children, this one features an American patriotic theme and bright chromolithographs. Accompanying the patriotic illuminated alphabet are small vignettes defining each word. Several spelling and reading lessons are included, and a rhyming verse is titled "Alphabet Jingles," "Great A, little a, / Bouncing B, / The cat's in the cup-board, / and can't see me.".
New York: Hurd and Houghton. Leather bound. Near fine. F.O.C. DARLEY. [HOLIDAY] [ILLUSTRATED]. Cambridge: Riverside Press, 1868. F.O.C. DARLEY, illustrator.
8vo;[i-v], vi, [iv],  2-198pp; triple gilt-rules on brown morocco, gilt-stamped decorative cartouche featuring a collection of holiday symbolism front and rear; 5 raised spine bands, gilt-ruled compartments and gilt-stamped lettering on spine; all edges gilt; gilt-dentelles, marbled endpapers; calligraphy presentation in ink on front fly-leaf; 6 engraved plates with tissue guard including fp; drop-caps with marginal illustrations; binding tight; light wear to boards; near fine. An interesting discourse on Christian holidays, their associated pagan roots, and how they have been celebrated through the ages, all accompanied by illustrations. Covered in the chapters is the Origin of the Social Festivities of Christmas, Christmas Carols, Christmas in the Halls of Old England, Christmas Mummeries, Christmas Gambols, the Christmas Banquets of the Olden Time, Twelfth-Day or Old Christmas, Shrove-Tide or Carnival, Easter, Rogation Week, Whitsuntide, May Day, St. John's or Midsummer Ever, and Harvest Home. A treasure of history and traditions for lovers of holidays.
Scarce to find in this condition and in a deluxe leather binding.
London: Methuen & Co., Ltd, 36 Essex Street, 1928. Cloth. Very good/very good. Ernest H. SHEPARD. Ernest H. SHEPARD, illustrator. First edition. 12mo; 178pp; pink cloth over board, gilt-stamped boy in a raincoat and hat and Pooh with Piglet, gilt lettering on spine; black silhouettes on peach endpapers; fp and 6 full-page b&w illustrations, small line drawings throughout; offsetting from dust jacket on endpapers, a few areas of foxing; unclipped illustrated peach endpapers printed in navy, soiling and light shelf wear; very good in very good dj. The ongoing story of Christopher Robin and his friends, Pooh, Piglet, Kanga, Roo, Owl, Eeyore, and Rabbit, with Tigger as a new addition.
Alan Alexander Milne (1882-1956) was a British playwright and author most famous for his books about a teddy bear named Winnie-the-Pooh.
London and New York: Ernest Nister and E.P. Dutton, 1908. Boards. Very good. [MOVABLE BOOK] [JUVENILE] [HOLIDAYS] [RHYMING VERSE] [WOMAN AUTHOR]. London: Ernest Nister and New York: E. P. Dutton, No date [c. 1908]. Printed in Bavaria.
Cover title: Up and Down. A Book of Changing Pictures.
8vo (8 7/8" x 6 ¼"); pp; color pictorial boards, blue cloth shelf back; three staple binding holding but loose; gift inscription on ffep dated "Jan. 20, '16"; pictorial title page; 5 color plates with pictures changeable by movable tab, one plate lacks its tab but the picture can be moved down by hand; light rubbing and wear to boards, staple binding pulling away from pastedown, light overall wear; very good minus. Montanaro p.323 (dates this publication as 1908 based on an inscription). OCLC locates 2 copies, both in the UK, also at the Winterthur Library in the US. Scarce. Scarce in any condition, this colorful movable children's picture book changes the pictures by pulling down on a tab. Rhyming verse by Lucy L. Weedon (1862-1939) accompanies each plate of 4 movable pictures. The verses are titled "When Christmas Comes" and pictures a snowman, Santa, and children playing in the snow; "Summer-Time" shows children playing outdoors in lovely Edwardian-style clothing; "The Children's Pets" features children with a dog, cat, small goat, and donkey; "At the Sea" pictures children playing at the sea; and "Fairyland" is illustrated with fairies flying on the backs of butterflies and peering over rocks. The verses "Up and Down," "The Land of Make-Believe" and "L'Envoi" have no corresponding movable picture but are illustrated in black and white.
"When Christmas comes, hurrah, hurrah! / We have such first-rate fun, / We put our coats and gaiters on, / And out of doors we run. / We build a snow-man, big and tall / With two large stones for eyes— / He's so like dear old Uncle Dick, / That Babs to kiss him tries. / At night we hang our stockings up, / And Santa Claus he comes, / And fills them to the very top / With toys and sugar-plums. / No wonder that we shout ‘hurrah!' / When Christmas Time is near, / For Christmas Time's the Children's Time, / The best Time of the year.".