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1 ABC Jingles
Syracuse, NY G. C. Hanford Manufacturing Co. 1920 First Edition Wraps Good 
16mo. 14.5 by 11 cm. Unpaginated, 16 pp. including wraps. Hanford sold a Balsam Myrrh product which it pushed as an all-purpose salve for horses, livestock and humans. In this ABC, each letter is accompanied by a color illustration and four lines of doggeril touting a particular use or benefit of the product. There are two illustrations per page, each with a cartoonish character, showing the influence of the newspaper comic strip. Soiling and several abrasions to the front and rear of the wraps. 
Price: 100.00 USD
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Alphabet de ma Petite Fille.  Illustre de 6 Gravures en Chromo Bibliotheque des Bebes.  Album Indechirable sur Toile
2 Alphabet de ma Petite Fille. Illustre de 6 Gravures en Chromo Bibliotheque des Bebes. Album Indechirable sur Toile
Paris Paul Bernardin Libraire Paper pastedown on boards Very Good 
N.d., circa 1880s. 4to. 30.5 by 19 cm. Unpaginated, 12 pp. including title page. Six bright chromos. Simply charming, with colorful vignettes or organist, windmill, pins, peacock, toys, Arlequin, etc. Linen leaves. Soiling and shelfwear to cover. 
Price: 150.00 USD
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3 Alphabet en Figures
Paris J. Langlumé et Peltier 1835 First Edition Hardcover. Paper pastedown Good 
12mo. 17.5 by 10.5 cm. 46 pp. 24 hand-colored plates, plus hand-colored title page. Scarce French ABC, with only copies found at Princeton, Indiana, and the BNF. (Not including digital versions.) Unusual Abecedaire as well, with entries one might not expect to presented to the young, such as "Odalisque" for "O", "Grec en guerre" for "G", or "Turk fumant" for "T", especially given the pietistic nature of some of the other entries such as "Pape" for "P" or "Confession" for "C". The religious tenor of the ABC is in keeping with the Restoration Period in France, when the Catholic Church was welcomed again into civic society. Other entries are more generic French patriotic fare, such as Napoleon and Henri IV. Le Men 274. With Romantic cartonnage paper pastedown cover. The paper pastedown is chipped along the joints, with considerable loss at the spine base, and with numerous small spots of rubbing on the boards, but with its floral Medieval Revival diaper, quite unusual and still handsome. Foxing, heavy-ish at times, on the text leaves, lighter and less frequent on the plates, which are of a heavier paper stock as well. Child's scrawl of particular letter on plate (the letter corresponding with the plate) in pencil is erasable, and mostly erased, but one can see a slight depression in the paper where the scrawl was. 
Price: 1200.00 USD
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4 Clauss Primer. Mother Goose up-to-date.
The Clauss Shear Company 1890s First Edition Presumed Wraps Very Good 
Most unusual ABC/Trade Promotion for scissors maker. 8vo. Unpaginated, 16 pp., including wraps. Each letter of alphabet is used as the opening letter of a well-known nursery rhyme, modified to incorporate and plug Clauss shears, a company founded in 1877 and still in business today. This item, while undated, is circa 1890s. It is very much of its period, not only in the dress, but in the items described (razor strops) and the illustrations, which are rendered in color. As a promotion, this went beyond the norm of the day in its ambition, and in its indirect approach to selling, seeking to win the patronage of parents with a freebie for their children. Without the promotional aspect, this would be a plausible juvenile book. The promotional dimension, though, is what makes it more interesting today. Light wear, with the cover having a few light stains and age toning. 
Price: 175.00 USD
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Green's Alphabetical Panorama
5 Green's Alphabetical Panorama
London Darton and Co. Paper pastedown on boards, cloth spine Good Plus 
A scarce ABC concertina charmer, with touches of hand-coloring. N.d., circa 1850. Leporello with 28 panels, including frontis, title, and then a panel for each letter of the alphabet. The frontis aand title are fully hand-colored, and afterward, the letters are hand-colored, with a single letter shown twice on each panel, with the object illustrated alongside rendered in black and white. The objects are mostly animals, with a smattering of other things such as windmill, for W, jug, for J, etc. The one sentence captions are didactic in nature, with the two that face each other rhyming, aiding with the singsong flow. Oblong. The boards measure 16 by 17 cm. Scarce, with only three institutional copies located on OCLC (more institutions have a microfilm image of the item). Cracks and soiling of the front board pastedown. Soiling scattered throughout the leporello proper. A few repaired small closed tears. Some sloppiness at the folds 
Price: 725.00 USD
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6 Little Soldier Boys ABC
New York McLoughlin Brothers 1900 Wraps Good Plus 
Large 4to. 33 by 26 cm, or 13 by 10.25 inches. (Note that this was also issued in a smaller format.) Unpaginated, with 16 pp. when including the pictorial stiff wrap covers, each letter accompanied by a bright chromolithographic illustration. "A" is for Artilleryman, "B" is for Bugler, and onward, til "Z", for Zouave. All the pictures depict children in adult uniform and situations, wherein lies the charm, and at the time this was published served to burnish the romance of all things martial to little boys who then could play-act and dream of one day donning a military uniform for real. The inside covers have two toned illustrations instead of full color. The rear inside cover features "Little Soldiers' Multiplication Table", and this continues in its doggeril verse the rhyming scheme that also runs through the alphabet. Considerable wear, flattened creases, and soiling to the binding, with a closed tear along the fold. Light soiling within. 
Price: 400.00 USD
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7 Nieuw A.B.C. Boekje, voor leerzame kinderen. Met Plaatjes.
Amsterdam G. van der Linden 
N.d., circa 1860s. 17 by 11 cm. Unpaginated, 16 pp. Each letter is accompanied by a simple woodcut and rhymed couplet about a word beginning with that letter, like any ABC. Slightly more unusual is that the letter is represented in four or five typefaces, from a highly ornamental fraktur Gothic to a more modern but still ornamental design. Following are sections on vowels, consonants, spelling exercises and three short stories. An uncommon ABC, with only four copies listed on OCLC FirstSearch. A few minor edge chips. 
Price: 550.00 USD
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Lustiges Bilder ABC, Baumgarten, Fritz
8 Baumgarten, Fritz Lustiges Bilder ABC
Leipzig A. Anton & Co. Paper pastedown on boards Good 
N.d, circa 1920s. Pencil inscription of 1933 of second owner. Unpaginated, 18 pp. including title. Rectos, including title, with charming color illustrations, one to four per page, and facing versos with corresponding text in verse. Paper pastedown on cover with considerable wear along joints and some paper loss along spine. Light soiling on cover. A light marginal dampstain on the leaves within, and a few minor marginal closed tears. Still a desirable ABC. 
Price: 150.00 USD
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9 Cane, Melville Henry. Drawings by Will Hunt Schanck The Columbia A.B. ABS. A Pictorial Primer Of Things Light Blue and White
New York W. S. Sterling & Co. 1900 First edition Hardcover. Paper pastedown. Cloth spine. Very Good 
Clever Columbiana, an ABC for the college student and alum, capturing college life there in the early days of the Morningside Heights campus -- this was written shortly after the university had moved from Midtown. Oblong 4to, 21 by 29 cm. Unpaginated, but 30 pages, including title page. Illustrations on every page. A light dampstain affects every page, but given the good paper quality, the dampstain, we believe, is not especially obtrusive. Soiling on the cloth spine. 
Price: 175.00 USD
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10 Cruikshank, George A Comic Alphabet
Leporello. Hardcover. Box. Fine 
N.d., but an early 20th century restrike of the 1836 original, with bright hand-coloring. Other than the freshness of the paper pastedown on the boards and the outer box which clearly was not the sort issued with a book in the early 19th century, this copy could pass for an exceptionally well-preserved copy of the original. 13.5 by 9 cm. 24 panels, mostly humorous and lightly satirical, but also a few with a more sentimental quality. The front cover resembles the original perfectly, stating "Designed Etched & Published by George Cruikshank No 23 Myddelton Terrace Pentonville 1836" just as the true first edition did, and the back cover headed by a "T", for "Tilt, 86 Fleet Street", the original publisher, and an etching presumably of Tilt himself at his shop. This is NOT the facsimile issued by the Arts Council of Great Britain in the 1970s! The outer box has wear, with one edge of the lower part missing. 
Price: 250.00 USD
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A Winter Sports Alphabet, Dennys, Joyce, pictures by, and verses by "Evoe"
11 Dennys, Joyce, pictures by, and verses by "Evoe" A Winter Sports Alphabet
London John Lane, The Bodley Head Ltd. 1926 First Edition Hardcover. Paper pastedown. Cloth spine. Near Fine 
The madcap joys of downhill, skating, curling and apres-ski when active sporting winter getaways in the Alps were first catching on big-time among the moneyed leisure class in the twenties. Insouciant flappers and all their uninhibited pleasures and spirit captured in this arch ABC! 4to. 27 by 18.5 cm. Unpaginated, 56 pp. Dancing, spooning and cocktails are as much a part of the antics as the more official sports. Based on the illustrations of curling, the very same people who were doing it then are still at it -- and they didn't look any younger then, nor had sweeter dispositions. The illustrations are rendered in black, gold yellow and white, with occasional touches of red. Light soiling to the paper pastedown. Cracked hinge at "S". Still, about as nice a copy as one is bound to find. 
Price: 250.00 USD
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The Comic Military Alphabet.  Army Navy National Guard, Falls, De Witt C..
12 Falls, De Witt C.. The Comic Military Alphabet. Army Navy National Guard
New York Frederick A. Stokes Company 1894 First Edition Decorated Cloth Very Good 
8vo. 20 by 14 cm. Unpaginated, with 26 comical chromolithographs, and before each of these plate leaves is a leaf with a comical caption written on the recto. Hard to come by in this, its original format and edition. Soiling to the cloth. The stiff card leaves are clean, the binding, tight. 
Price: 350.00 USD
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A Hunting Alphabet, G. D. Armour
13 G. D. Armour A Hunting Alphabet
London and New York Country Life Ltd., Charles Scribner's Sons 1929 First edition 
26 leaves of stiff card paper (12 by 10 inches), each with tipped-in plate featuring foxhunting scene and verse caption underneath that relates to each letter of alphabet. Versos are blanks, other than to title which has two line doggerel of Armour. A clean and attractive copy. The dust jacket has a film of soiling and edgewear but remains viable and handsome. Also included is a clean copy of the original four page advertising brochure and order form for "Foxiana". 
Price: 450.00 USD
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Alphabet Illustrated, G.L.J.
14 G.L.J. Alphabet Illustrated
Cloth Very Good 
A scarce, absurdistly comical ABC in a mid-Victorian style evocative of Edward Lear, Richard Doyle and John Tenniel. N.d., circa 1850s. Oblong, 18 by 23 cm. Only one copy located on OCLC, at Princeton University (the Cotsen Collection). With 27 line drawn engravings, one for each letter plus a title page, mounted onto heavy card, mostly on the rectos, with a few on the versos as well. The drawings could pass as ink manuscript, but they were in fact printed in what would seem an early form of mimeographic technology. Characterizing virtually all the figures, besides the stock-in-trade of the caricaturist's art of exaggerated features, is their enormous heads. Angels, devils, fairies, wizards, crones, lovely Medieval maidens and many others in ancient and fairy tale dress fill these pages. None of the illustrations will fail to charm, and while the captions are part of the fun, they are not a sine qua non for the enjoyment of the ludicrous imagery. The original cloth has soiling and light wear. The hinges have been restored. Light soiling scattered on the mounted images. Marks left by paste are visible on the backs of leaves. 
Price: 1250.00 USD
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15 Greenaway, Kate A Apple Pie
London, New York Frederick Warne & Co., Ltd. Paper pastedown on boards. Cloth spine. Very Good 
N.d., late nineteenth century. Oblong, 20.5 by 27 cm. Unpaginated, 22 pp. Charming ABC revolving around the lust for apple pie. Light wear to cover. Clean within. 
Price: 150.00 USD
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The Boy Scout ABC, HK
16 HK The Boy Scout ABC
New York Samuel Gabriel Sons & Company 1916 First Edition Wraps, staples. Very Good 
4to. 27 by 21.5 cm. [16] pp. including wraps. Scarce title, with only five copies located on OCLC FirstSearch. ABC rhymes relate to camping, scouting and patriotic virtues. With four color plates. Light wear. 
Price: 300.00 USD
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Alef-Bet, Kipniss, Levin.  Illustrated by Zeev Raban
17 Kipniss, Levin. Illustrated by Zeev Raban Alef-Bet
Berlin Verlag "Lasefer" S. D. Saltzmann. Printed by Richard Labisch & Co. 1923 First edition Hardcover Good 
8vo. 25 cm. 30 unnumbered pages, 27 of which have a chromolithographic, "illuminated" illustration of the Hebrew letter, and an object or thing which begins with that letter, as typical of ABC books, other than this one is using the Hebrew alphabet. The coloring, especially the profuse use of gold set against a gray slate backdrop, is riveting, and together with the general feel and style of the illustrations, relates easily to the Jugendstil book illustrations so prevalent in Germanic children's books of the period. Raban was a teacher of the Bezalel School of Art. The book is uncommon in its original edition, which this is. Moderate to arguably heavy wear and soiling. 
Price: 750.00 USD
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18 Lowland, Max (poet) and Jos Ruting (artist) A.B.C. for Soldiers on Leave
Amsterdam Joh. M. Allis Wraps Very Good 
Acerbic humor in an adult ABC. Scarce, with a single copy found on OCLC, at the Koninklijke Bibliotheek. Oblong, 12.5 by 16.5 cm. Unpaginated. 28 pp., plus wraps. Semi-colored, with olive and red used in some of the illustrations. While a Dutch publication, the ABC is in English. Light age toning. 
Price: 1000.00 USD
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Syllabaire.  Comtes des Fees [together with] Oiseaux Francais et Anglais, Marchand, D., Editeur
19 Marchand, D., Editeur Syllabaire. Comtes des Fees [together with] Oiseaux Francais et Anglais
Paris Vayron, lithographer. Full Calf Very Good 
N.d., circa 1840s. Oblong, 9 by 13 cm. Two titles, and 24 leaves each, with color plates on one side of each -- generally the rectos. Unpaginated, Scarce, with no copies located on OCLC of these Syllabaires by Marchand, and only one copy of a similar one by Marchand located (relating to women's professions). The color is mostly blue, green and red, with some shades of brown, and especially in the latter book about birds, it can be applied crudely, while the lithography is somewhat naive. The ABC, abecedaire, applies entirely to the French vocabulary, with English being a non-ABC translation of the French. Thus, for "A", we have "Au clair de la lune," which in English is rendered as "By the light of the moon." Some of the Contes de Fee, or fairy tale, items may be obscure today, such as Quintina or Zelie. The title pages are overtrimmed on the bottom, with partial loss of lettering. Toning along the edges. Occasional foxing, heavier on last page. Joints repaired. Edgewear to the calf. 
Price: 800.00 USD
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An Almanack Containing an Account of the Caelestial Motions, Aspects, &C.  For the year of the Christian Empire, 1691. Printed by R. Pierce for Benjamin Harris at the London Coffee-House in Boston, 1691, Newman, Henry
20 Newman, Henry An Almanack Containing an Account of the Caelestial Motions, Aspects, &C. For the year of the Christian Empire, 1691. Printed by R. Pierce for Benjamin Harris at the London Coffee-House in Boston, 1691
Boston Ira Webster 1844 Quarter Leather (calf) Very Good 
19th century reprint of early American and also Colonial printing. 16mo. 11.5 by 8.5 cm. Unpaginated, about 80 pages. Really a composite of two works, the second being, The New England Primer Improved, printed in Boston by Edward Draper in 1777. This primer has woodcut vignettes for each letter of alphabet. Woodcut plate portrait of John Hancock, and one other woodcut. Religious, or pietistic, fare laced throughout. The publication reflects the growing interest in American history of the day. Calf spine heavily worn, with holes and loss. Light dampstain and other light soiling of the leaves. Still, on balance, this is an appealing copy, and one in which the defects are best to leave untouched, in our judgment. 
Price: 65.00 USD
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