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ABC and 123 Book.  Wash-Fabric Books. No. 425.
1 ABC and 123 Book. Wash-Fabric Books. No. 425.
New York Sam'l Gabriel Sons & Company First Edition NA Fine 
N.d., circa 1920. 8vo. 21.5 by 15 cm. Unpaginates, but five leaves, or ten pages, including cover, each with the fabric folded over as in a typical traditional Japanese publication. Lovely color vignette illustrations of objects and animals shown to represent each letter, or fruits used to demonstrate quantity in the numbering section. Pristine copy. Uniquely clean -- we have never seen a fabric book like this one so spotless and fresh! Only very trivial fault are two flattened crease lines on the front cover. 
Price: 125.00 USD
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2 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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Abrégé de Toutes les Sciences et Géographie a l’Usage des Enfans. Nouvelle Édition avec Carte et Figures
3 Abrégé de Toutes les Sciences et Géographie a l’Usage des Enfans. Nouvelle Édition avec Carte et Figures
Paris Chez Bossange, Masson et Besson 1802 (An X) Full Calf Very Good 
17 by 10 cm. 12mo. viii, 451 pp. Nine plates, one of which is a folding and contains two global maps. These plates are lettered up to "K", with the folding map plate given as G and H. No "J" plate present but no evidence of removal, and we believe the book in fact contains all the plates that were initially there. This is a work that went through multiple editions, though, and other printings had both more and fewer plates. Much of the text is organized in a question and answer format, as was a common pedagogical technique in primers of the day. Geography is the most extensive topic, but as the title suggests, the work ranges over a wide range of scientific topics, as well as some of the arts. The contemporary calf has a small chip on the front board and considerable wear elsewhere but remains attractive and viable. Prize (Prix) marking in gilt on rear cover. A few leaves affected by light dampstaining, and some other scattered soiling. 
Price: 175.00 USD
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Adventures of Benjamin F. Bear
4 Adventures of Benjamin F. Bear
New York Lord & Taylor Wraps Very Good 
N.d., circa early to mid-1940s. (Reference to Office of Price Administration, which existed between 1941 and 1947, and references to "Admiral Byrd Cloth", among other things, suggest the earlier part of this period.) 30 by 14 cm. Unpaginated, 24 pp. including wrap covers. Scarce, with no copies appearing on OCLC FirstServe. Loosely strung story about a cute cub who decides not to hibernate so that he can find out what autumn and winter are like in New York City, and all the fun he has as a result. On the rectos is narrated the story, while on the facing versos junior fashion items are illustrated and described, with the descriptions sometimes making allusion to the accompanying story. This was from a time when children in the city were dressed up in city clothes like miniature adults, and even play clothes, in which children could be children, had a certain flair that has largely vanished from our fashion scene. The illustration of both the children's fashion and the bear story are done in what can only be described as the breezy Lord & Taylor signature style, which was a perfect expression of the upscale department specialty store's image of comfortable elegance. At the time, this look was new, introduced by retail legend Dorothy Shaver, the first female president of a major retail chain. The story of the bear is not to be confused with a more recent, somewhat similar story with almost the same title. The story here may not be anyone's idea of sublime juvenile fiction -- it was probably written by a member of the store's marketing staff or its advertising agency -- but it does capture a moment in our culture very well indeed. Corner chips on the wraps. Darkening of the cover. Generally clean within. 
Price: 175.00 USD
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5 Allerlei kleine Herrschaften
Hardcover. Paper pastedown. Cloth spine. Near Fine 
N.d., circa 1920. Small folio. 33.5 by 25.5 cm. Unpaginated, 16 pp., half of which (8) are color plates depicting children in various activities. The style is a naive-flavored post-Impressionism -- big splotches of flat colors, a slightly dark palette of the Baltic region. Scarce title, with no copies located on OCLC FirstServe, and not listed in well-known bibliographies such as Wegehaupt or Klotz. Strangely no information in the book about the author, illustrator or publisher! Minor abrasions along edges and spine. Papers toned, but overall, remarkably well-preserved. 
Price: 725.00 USD
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Alphabet de ma Petite Fille.  Illustre de 6 Gravures en Chromo Bibliotheque des Bebes.  Album Indechirable sur Toile
6 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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7 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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An Illustrated Treasury of Read-Along Poems for Young People
8 An Illustrated Treasury of Read-Along Poems for Young People
New York, New York, U.S.A. Black Dog & Leventhal Pub 2003 1579122892 / 9781579122898 Hardcover As New Like New Jacket 
Book. 
Price: 15.00 USD
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Animal Pictures and Stories
9 Animal Pictures and Stories
New York Mcloughlin Brothers 1907 First Edition Presumed Wrappers Good 
4to - over 9¾. Book. 11 unpaginated pages, with six lovely chromolithographic illustrations of animals, including on front and back covers. Wraps have some soilage, creases and chips. Clear tape to reinforce binding. Paper is of linen. Some toning. Dampstain on rear affecting lightly last page with black and white illustration. Color illustrations remain clean and attractive. 
Price: 35.00 USD
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10 Aschenbrodel (Cinderella)
Prague; London Artia; Bancroft & Co. 1974 Very Good Plus Kubasta, V. 
In German. 8 pop-ups and movable piece on front cover, first panel and one other within. Oblong, 10 by 8 inches, 26 by 20 cm. One of Kubasta's loveliest and most inspired pop-ups, a rival, certainly, to the Disney visualization. One crease, now flattened, and small closed tear, by window on front cover. Some minor shelfwear, but tight, and everything still functions superbly! 
Price: 245.00 USD
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Aunt Friendly's Nursery Keepsake.  Containing Seventy-Two Pages of Pictures Printed in Colours by Kronheim.  With Letter-Press Descriptions.
11 Aunt Friendly's Nursery Keepsake. Containing Seventy-Two Pages of Pictures Printed in Colours by Kronheim. With Letter-Press Descriptions.
London Frederick Warne and Co. First Edition Full Calf Very Good 
N.d., circa 1870. 12mo. 18.5 by 14 cm. Stories and nursery rhymes include "Sing-a-Song of Sixpence", "The Frog who Would a Wooing Go", "The Three Little Pigs", "The Ugly Duckling", "Puss in Boots", "Dame Trot and Her Cat", "The Old Woman and Her Pig", "Tom Thumb", "The Three Bears", "Jack and the Bean Stalk", "Diamonds and Toads", and "Hop o' My Thumb". Each story with 10 pages of text (each story with its own paginations), and six chromo color plates. Chromolithography by Kronheim. Rebound in full calf, with gilt title. Osbourne Vol 1 p. 21. Scattered soiling. A few early corners with tiny loss. First plate with corner paper repair, with added paper not touching image. A few scratches on the leather binding. 
Price: 175.00 USD
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12 Aunt Louisa's Nursery Favourite. Comprising Diamonds and Toads, Dick Whittington, Lily Sweetbriar, Uncle's Farm Yard. With Twenty-Four Pages of Illustrations
London Frederick Warne and Co. 1870 Decorated Cloth Very Good 
Printed in colours by Kronheim. 4to. 27 by 24 cm. Each story comes with six chromolithographic color plates. Hinges restored. Light wear to binding. One tissue guard with repaired long closed tear. 
Price: 275.00 USD
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13 Aunt Louisa's Nursery Favourite. Comprising Diamonds and Toads. Dick Whittington. Lily Sweetbriar. Uncle's Farm Yard. With Twenty-Four Pages of Illustrations. Printed in Colours by Kronheim.
London Frederick Warne and Co. 1870 First Edition presumed Decorated Cloth Very Good Kronheim and Co. (presumed) 
4to. 10.5 by 9 inches, 27 by 23 cm. 6, 6, 6, 6 pp and 24 color plates, along with blank paper (as opposed to tissue) guards. Most plates are a single full page chromolithographic illustrations, with a few featuring two or three illustrations. Original blue pebbled, blindstamped cloth binding. Cloth edges and corner with moderate shelfwear. Spine extremities repaired with matching cloth. Light rubbing of joints. Minor scattered soiling within. Plates are all bright and fresh. 
Price: 300.00 USD
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Bilderbuch:  Der Kampf mit dem Drachen
14 Bilderbuch: Der Kampf mit dem Drachen
Hardcover. Rope binding. Very Good 
Original fairy tale with disarming naive watercolors that thoroughly illustrate the tale. N.d., circa 1910. Oblong 8vo. 19 by 28.5 cm. 11 leaves of heavy card, each with a mounted watercolor illustration on the verso, and mounted text page, in verse surrounded by Jugenstil line decorations, on the facing rectos. The watercolors all cover every inch of their boards, and this imparts a rich lushness seldom encountered in such juvenile efforts. The narrative is about a dwarf named Pumpel who lives in a mushroom hut. Because he is bored, he decides to venture out into the world on a snail-driven cart. Hungry and thirsty, he comes upon an inn run by a landlady frog Unke. At dinner, in the company of other frogs, he hears the tale of an evil dragon who has imprisoned for years a beautiful flower fairy. It is then resolved that they will set out to fight the monster and liberate the fairy. The bees sting the monster and the frogs splash water on him until he finally retreats. The princess Pumpelione wakes up, she and Pumpel are wed, and they live happily ever after. Edges and corners have wear. The binding is in a painted style prevalent around 1920. Occasional staining on text pages. 
Price: 2500.00 USD
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Billy's Farm Friends
15 Billy's Farm Friends
Chicago P. F. Volland Co. 1923 Hardcover Good 
Book. 8vo - over 7¾. Linen book with 9 full color plates, including front and rear covers, with smaller illustrations on text pages all bright color. 16 pp including covers. Dress, car, style of art very much of its period, and very charming. Some creases, and a minor loss to fabric of front. Some soilage inside, and slightly ragged in corners. Still a good copy. 
Price: 100.00 USD
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Curioser Spiegel, worinnen der ganze Lebenslauf des Menschen von der Kindheit bis zum Alter zu sehen, in Figuren, mit beygefugten ganz neuen kurzen Erklarungen vorgestellt.
16 Curioser Spiegel, worinnen der ganze Lebenslauf des Menschen von der Kindheit bis zum Alter zu sehen, in Figuren, mit beygefugten ganz neuen kurzen Erklarungen vorgestellt.
Nurnberg Verlag der Johann Andreas Endter. Endterischen Handlung 1824 Neue Auflage Half Cloth. Marbled Boards. Custom Cloth Box to  
Tall folio, 34 by 21 cm. Title, followed by 41 hand-colored plates. This work was originally published in 1689, and there was also an 1812 printing. This copy used the original woodcut plates, and the hand-coloring palette and style is consistent with that of the seventeenth century, lending an antiquarian authenticity to the edition. They are woodcuts by Elias Porzelius, mostly after designs by Susanne Maria Sandrart (1658-1716), the relatively rare known female artist of the time. The plates depict all the stages of life, from birth to death, and many depicting the various professions, including tailor, cobbler, baker, butcher, paper maker, bookbinder, cartwright or barrel-maker, dyer, weaver, stonecutter, coachmaker, house painter, saddler, locksmith, , blacksmith, carpenter, clown, etc. Particularly charming are the plates of acrobats and a sleigh procession. None of the illustrations are static -- they depict activity, and a sense of movement and things happening applies to every plate. Not infrequently there is even activity in the background. This applies to the several plates that cover a soldier's life, including an army on the move or at an encampment when soldiers in the foreground are playing dice and others farther back are kibitzing. Some of the illustrations have touches of humor, and they all are suffused with humanity and a Rococo gracefulness in their composition and movement. The hand-coloring has a certain courseness, as actually is period appropriate to coloring of the seventeenth century in this kind of book. Pictorial label on front, laid onto marbled boards, with title of "Bilderbuch fur Kinder". Light wear to binding. Modern cloth box. An overall beautiful children's book that should speak to any antiquarian. 
Price: 17500.00 USD
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Das Reich der Blumenkönigen.  Sinnige Unterhaltung.  L’Empire de la reine des fleurs.  Récréation raisonnée. The Realm of the Queen of Flowers.  Rational entertainment.
17 Das Reich der Blumenkönigen. Sinnige Unterhaltung. L’Empire de la reine des fleurs. Récréation raisonnée. The Realm of the Queen of Flowers. Rational entertainment.
Leipzig Peter Carl Geisler Third Edition Folio folder, ribbon ties Good 
Scarce, notwithstanding stated third edition, with only copies discovered on OCLC First Search at the LOC, Toronto, and Crystal Bridges Museum. (Given the fragility of the parts and the likely heavy use of the "toy book", and its ephemeral nature to boot, it is easy to conceive of almost all copies being destroyed eventually.) N.d., circa mid-19th century. Folio, 33.5 by 26 cm. With four color litho plates, plus 50 separate color floral pieces which are to be inserted into slots in the plates. The plates depict a vase, a bowl, a ribbon, and another large bowl, and the idea is to allow the child to play with creating different flower arrangements, in the process familiarizing himself with the flower species. The flowers are each numbered, and there is an oblong four page key, rendered in German, French and English. (This key is 21 by 27.5 cm.) For each flower is also a maxim or a short two or three line verse of sentiment associated with that flower. Heavy soiling on the cover. Text pages heavily foxed. Moderate soiling on the plates. Original ribbon ties partially intact but unusable. Most importantly, though, is that all flower pieces are present and well-preserved, so the "paper toy" is as usable as it ever was. 
Price: 3000.00 USD
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Das Schwesterchen
18 Das Schwesterchen
1920 Stiff Wraps Very Good 
8vo. 21 by 17 cm. Unpaginated, 30 leaves, with twelve silhouette drawings, four of which have some slightly crudely added color to the precise black ink, and facing each sihouette is orginal verse handwritten in Sütterlin Schrift, which makes it difficult for us to read fully although it is done with a highly regular, neat hand. But even excluding the poetry, the sihouettes are very appealing and we assume are original, although we can't prove that they aren't copied from something else. These drawings appear to tell the story of one child, Hans. We first see him in a typical day. We see his house, his watching other children frolicking, his being instructed by his mother, his kneeling in prayer, an angel descending to him while he sleeps. Is he praying for a baby sister? Next an infant is born, and the mother is nursing the baby as in another illustration, the father is counseling his son about the newborn. In the final illustration the boy is playing with his younger sister. Light soiling to the wraps. 
Price: 250.00 USD
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Der Kleinen freunde Album.  For Our Young Friends.  Des Petits Amis.  Dei Piccoli Amici.  De Los Amiguitos.  van de kleinen Vrienden.
19 Der Kleinen freunde Album. For Our Young Friends. Des Petits Amis. Dei Piccoli Amici. De Los Amiguitos. van de kleinen Vrienden.
1845 Romantic Cartonnage Near Fine 
Exceptional ornate romantic cartonnage binding. N.d., circa 1840s. Slightly oblong, 7 by 5.75 inches, 17 by 14 cm. With sixteen hand-colored plates of children mostly playing. Gumuchian 291 indicates 18 plates, so two are apparently missing, although there is no sign of removal or cannibalization in this copy. Depicted are games of blind man's bluff, shooting out with fingers, sledding, marching military-style, crab hunting, hide-and-seek, etc. with a few scenes of juvenile apprehension, quisitiveness or seriousness. As if to underscore the universality of childhood experience, the captions are rendered in four languages: French, German, Italian and English. Perhaps the most special element of this charmer, though, is the exquisite cover that exudes a cross between Second Empire ormulo and a fine doily (or doilie), and features a color illustrated cameo on the rear board. No title, as almost certainly so issued, with front board serving as title. Scarce. Gumuchian 291. 
Price: 950.00 USD
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Easy Reading for Little Readers
20 Easy Reading for Little Readers
New York E. P. Dutton & Co.; Griffith and Farran, Saint Paul's Churchyard, London First Edition Presumed Hardcover Very Good Harrison Weir, Kate Greenaway, J. S. Dalziel, Etc. 
Book. 4to - over 9¾. N.d., circa 1880s. 34 pp., + 3 pp of pub ad supp. Profusely illustrated in color. Illustrations are mostly of animals and accompany short tales and fables, some familiar from Aesop, others not so. The book essentially has three parts, although it is not officially so demarcated, and the middle section has what appears to be brief stories and illustrations reprinted from the 1830s or 1840s, with that era's style of dress, color, etc. The first and third sections, though, have illustrations by contemporary artists of the first rank, among them Weir and Greenaway. No one is credited on the title page but their contribution can be evinced in the signatures on many of the illustrations. Book measures 12 by 9 inches. Some minor loss to the illustrated sheet laid on the front board, but nothing of significance lost. Spine strip appears more recent and reapired expertly. Shelfwear to the edges and corners of the boards. Book tight and interior is clean. A very attractive copy of an extremely rare and charming children's book with contributions by major illustrators. 
Price: 295.00 USD
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