GRONNE SPILLEMAND [GREEN FIDDLER]
(MOE,LOUIS)illus. DEN GRONNE SPILLEMAND [THE GREEN FIDDLER] by George Kalkar. Copenhagen: Henrik Koppels nd ca 1920's. Large obl. 4to, cl. backed pict. bds, light cover soil VG+. A fabulous book full of humanized insects, frogs and fairies. Illus., with 10 fine full page color plates and many detailed black and whites on text pages - similar to Elsa Beskow in style. A great picture book.
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STEVENSON, ROBERT LOUIS STEVENSON,ROBERT LOUIS. A CHILD'S GARDEN OF VERSES. London: Longmans, Green & Co. 1885. 8vo, blue cloth stamped in gold, top edge gilt, x, 101p., small spot on front cover else near Fine. 1st ed. 1st printing (of 1000 copies). A nice copy of this most enduring book of poems for children.
KEELEY, GERTRUDE ABC. (FLOWERS) THE STORY OF THE WILD FLOWERS FOR YOUNG PEOPLE WITH FLOWER ALPHABET by Gertrude Keeley. NY: Hurst (1901, 1914). 4to (6 3/8 x 10 1/4"), cloth, pictorial paste-on, some slight cover soil else VG. Each of the 26 flowers from A-Z has 2 pages of text plus a poem, including some uncommon varities of flowers. Each letter is pictorially presented in color.
TIMLIN, WILLIAM TIMLIN,WILLIAM. THE SHIP THAT SAILED TO MARS. London: Harrap, no date . Large 4to (9 1/2 x 12 1/4"), gilt decorated vellum-backed boards, spine slightly darkened some tip and edge wear, a clean and VG+ copy. An incredible fantasy - science fiction tale. Every page of calligraphic text is individually mounted on heavy gray paper (47 pages of text). There are 48 mounted color plates by Timlin that are really magnificent. Timlin was born in England in 1893 but grew up in South Africa. A most fabulous and desired book.
CARROLL, LEWIS CARROLL,LEWIS. (LAURENCIN) ALICE IN WONDERLAND. Paris: Black Sun Press 1930. Oblong 4to, white wraps, 114p., VERY FINE IN ORIGINAL GLASSENE, CHEMISE AND SLIPCASE (case scuffed with some minor wear and soil). LIMITED TO ONLY 370 COPIES FOR EUROPE, this is one of the 50 copies PRINTED ON JAPANESE VELLUM. Illustrated by MARIE LAURENCIN with 6 magnificent color plates. Quite scarce and a beautiful copy of a most desired book.
(NIELSEN,KAY)illus. EAST OF THE SUN AND WEST OF THE MOON. [London] Hodder & Stoughton, no date . Large 4to, (9 x 11 1/2"), blue cloth with extensive gilt decoration - a Very Fine copy with gilt bright. 1st edition of Nielsen's most desired book, illustrated with pictorial endpapers and featuring 25 magnificent tipped-in color plates with lettered guards as well as numerous detailed black and whites throughout the text. A beautiful copy of the first edition.
BURTON, VIRGINIA LEE BURTON,VIRGINIA LEE. THE LITTLE HOUSE. Boston: Houghton Mifflin 1942 (1942). 4to (9 3/4 x 9"), pictorial cloth, Slight soil on top edge of cover else a clean, Fine copy in a fabulous dust wrapper (some practically undetectable small bits of restoration of dw). 1st edition (1st printing) of one of the rarest CALDECOTT AWARD WINNERS. and a children's classic. The story relates the conflict between an ever changing city life and tranquil country life, beautifully illustrated with color lithographs by Burton. See Bader p.201-2. Nice copies like this are very hard to find.
ATTWELL, MABEL LUCIE ATTWELL,MABEL LUCIE. THE BOO-BOOS AT HONEY SWEET FARM. Dundee, London, Montreal: Valentine, no date, circa 1921. 12mo (4 1/4 x 5 1/2"), boards, pictorial paste-on, slight shelf wear, VG-Fine. First edition. Illustrated by Attwell with pictorial endpapers, 14 color plates plus many full page and partial page green line illustrations all featuring a little girl named Bunty and Attwell's fairy Boo-Boos. Very scarce.
BAILLY, LOUIS FRENCH. MENAGE CLAPOTIN AU PAYS DES CACTUS by Louis Bailly. Paris: Librarie Furne no date circa 1915. Folio, cloth backed pictorial boards, edges rubbed and new endpapers, VG. The adventures of Mr. Clapotin and his family when they travel to Tunis. Illustrated by noted artist Bailly with marvelous hand-colored illustrations throughout. See Dict. Des Illus. 1890-1945 p. 46-7.
ROBERTS, GEORGIA PICTURE BOOK. THE TOY VILLAGE by Georgia Roberts. London & NY: Nister & Dutton, no date, circa 1906. Oblong 4to (11 1/4 x 9"), cloth backed pictorial boards, edges rubbed else VG+. This is a fabulous picture book with text in rhyme relating the tale of Noah and his crew after they came off of the Ark. Illustrated by Katharine Greenland with 20 full page chromolithographs portraying all of the characters as toys. See Peeps Into Nisterland p.281. This is a charming picture book.
BAUMGARTEN, FRTIZ CHRISTMAS. FROHLICHE WEIHNACHTEN! [by] Fritz Baumgarten. Leipzig: A. Anson ca 1925. Obl. 4to, cl. backed pict. bds, VG+. A Christmas picture book with Father Christmas, elves, little children and presents galore. Featuring 8 full page color illustrations and 8 full page illus. in blue line - each with 2 lines of text below.
PETROV RUSSIAN INTEREST. RUSSIAN FAIRY TALE IN THE ART OF YU A. VASNETSOV by Vsevolod Petrov. Pub. in Moscow ca 1972. Folio, 139p., cloth, fine in dw and plain slipcase. Text is in both Russian and English and there are hundred's of reproductions of the fairy tale illustrations by Vasnetsov.
VILLENEUVE, MARGUERITE (CASPARI,GERTRUDE)illus. IL PLEUT, BERGERE par Marguerite Villeneuve. Paris: Emile Guerin nd ca 1910. Folio, cl. backed pict. bds, rear cover scuffed, VG+. A wonderful picture book with each page of text facing bold full page colors by Caspari in her distinctive style. Quite scarce.
EWING, JULIANA HORATIA (ANDRE,R.)illus. A WEEK SPENT IN A GLASS POND by the Great Water Beetle by JULIANA HORATIA EWING. London: Wells Gardner Darton, no date . 4to (7 1/4 x 9 1/8"), cloth backed pictorial boards, 32p., edges rubbed and some finger soil, VG+. Beautifully illustrated by Andre with detailed chromolithographs on every page plus there is a stunning pictorial cover. Osborne p.984.
ROY, BERNARD (LORIOUX,FELIX)illus. LE BUFFON DES ENFANTS: LES OISEAUX DE CHEZ NOUS by Bernard Roy. Paris: Marcus (1946). Square 4to (10 x 10"), pictorial boards, slight edge rubbing, near fine. Featuring the most absolutely stunning full page color illustrations by Lorioux of birds (rooster, stork, owl, peacock, pelican etc.) accompanied by his detailed and humorous humanized animals and insects. Beautifully printed with rich colors including pictorial endpapers.
VOLESKA, MARTA CZECHOSLOVAK. KULIHRASEK S MAJDALENKOU verse by MartA Voleska. Praze: Gustav Volesky 1935. Oblong 4to (10 3/4 x 9 3/4"), cloth, pictorial paste-on, slight bit of cover soil, VG+. This is the fantasy trip of two little children who shrink to the size of insects and have adventures with the insect world. Beautifully illustrated by noted Czech artist ARTUS SCHEINER with bold colors on every page. See Illus. of Children's Books v.1 p. 136, 145 for others by Scheiner.
BRADLEY, LUTHER DANIELS BRADLEY,LUTHER DANIELS. OUR INDIANS: A MIDNIGHT VISIT TO THE GREAT SOMEWHERE-OR-OTHER. [NY]:Dutton 1899. Oblong large 4to, cl. backed pictorial boards, edges lightly rubbed light wear to front endpaper else a near fine, tight clean copy of this rare book. With text written in verse, the story is a dream fantasy trip taken by a little girl and boy (the girl based on Bradley's niece). They slip out at night in a flying canoe guided by an Indian who takes them to a quiet land of peace and harmony. Featuring striking full page chromolithographs (16 full page and 5 double page) - the artwork by Bradley as well. Luther Daniels Bradley, educated at Yale, was an editorial cartoonist for the Chicago Daily News. In Image and Maker p.26-36 Helen Borgens notes : "Our Indians is a personal dream vision. Bradley depicted the Indians as expressing the qualities inherant in all human beings." yet he juxtaposed this realism with absurd images of Indians serving tea in china cups or performing a vaudeville act with band instruments to celebrate a victory. It is the combination of real and surreal that gives this book its unique quality. About the artwork, Borgens says that "the symmetry of individual illustrations reinforces the symmetry of the entire book." Altogether a wonderful book, quite rare and when found it is usually in terrible condition.
FANTASY. MUCKI eine wunderliche Weltreise. Mainz:Scholz . 4to, cl. backed pict. bds, near fine. A marvelous fantasy trip taken by a little boy, illustrated in typical Jugendstil style by ARPAD SCHMIDHAMMER with artful color illustrations on every page. Printed on rectos only. A great picture book. See Bilderwelt im Kinderbuch #534.
MORROW, ELIZABETH MORROW,ELIZABETH. (D'HARNONCOURT,RENE) BEAST, BIRD AND FISH by Elizabeth Morrow. NY: Alfred A. Knopf 1933 (1933). 4to (8 1/4 x 13 3/4"), pictorial cloth, some cover soil else VG+, no dust wrapper. Stated 1st edition. This is an animal alphabet book with text presented in verse and including musical notation. Every letter has a very beautiful full page color illustration by RENE D'HARNONCOURT in his distinctive folk-peasant style and with his use of flat colors. A perfect alphabet book by the collaborators of the Painted Pig (Morrow was Anne Morrow Lindbergh's mother and wife of the American ambassador to Mexico). THIS COPY IS INSCRIBED BY ELIZABETH MORROW. Bader p.71. Very scarce.
METIVET, LUCIEN ALADDIN. ALADIN: OMBRES CHINOISES EN QUINZE TABLEAUX poeme & images de Lucien Metivet. Paris: Flammarion (1904). Large obl. 4to, pict. boards, FINE IN PICTORIAL DUSTWRAPPER! Music for a theatrical production of Aladin is provided by Jane Vieu. The book is illustrated with magnificent, richly colored lithographs by LUCIEN METIVET - both full and partial page. The style and images are Chinese. This is a beautiful copy, rare in the pictorial dustwrapper which has served to preserve the pictorial cover. See Dictionaire des Illustrateurs 1800-1914 p.694 for entry on Metivet. A great picture book.
ACCORNERO, VITTORIO ITALIAN. TOMASO CACCIATORE testo e illustrazioni di Vittorio Accornero. Arnaldo Mondadori (1950). 4to, cloth backed pictorial boards, near fine in dw with tape mends. A dog and bunny tale set at Christmas time and illus. by the author with wonderful full and partial page color lithos.
CARROLL, LEWIS CARROLL,LEWIS. ALICE IN WONDERLAND. NY:Clarkson Potter (1973). Folio, cloth, 108p., Fine in dw. Stated 1st American ed. with imaginative an unique illustrations by RALPH STEADMAN. Despite its relatively late pub. date, 1sts of this edition are hard to find.
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