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1 "Spider Web" Valentine of Soldier Courting Woman in Bonnet
Very Good 
N.d., circa 1830. One pulls a string in the center of the courting scene reveals the couple blissfully reading together. The outer scene is hand-colored, while the underlying scene is not colored. Underneath are eight lines of sentimental verse. The card measures 25 by 20 cm. Moderate soiling to the card, which now also has crease lines where it was once folded. 
Price: 450.00 USD
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"Spider Web" Valentine With Tab Pull, to Hugh O'Brien
2 "Spider Web" Valentine With Tab Pull, to Hugh O'Brien
Very Good 
N.d., circa 1850. Usually the cobweb is pulled with a string, but here one uses a decorative tab instead. Underneath is a handsome courting couple in a bucolic setting. The card is semi-homemade, with an gilt angel and three small gilt rings pasted on and the words, "You are the one for me", among other things, added. The border has elaborate relief lacework decoration. The card is of modest dimensions, measuring 18 by 12 cm. It has minor soiling. Most importantly, the intricate cobweb is in pristine condition. 
Price: 450.00 USD
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3 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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4 Jack and the Bean-Stalk and Hop O'My Thumb
Prague; London Artia; Bancroft & Co. 1962 Near Fine Kubasta, V. 
8 pop-ups and movable piece on front covers and a third within. Unusual format for double feature Kubasta! Stories begin on opposite ends and work towards centers. (In other words, both boards are the front covers.) Oblong, 10 by 8 inches, 26 by 20 cm. As always, he is faithful to the fairy tale while giving everything an up-to-date modern gloss. Some minor shelfwear, but tight, and everything still functions great! 
Price: 285.00 USD
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5 Le Livre d'images parlantes pour amuser les chers bebes. Avec des voix caracteristiques d'enfants et d'animaux
Paris K-B (?) Cloth Very Good 
The French version of "The Speaking Book", a toy book with sound, that is still in full working order! .N.d., circa late 1890s. 32 by 23.5 cm, and 5.5 cm thick. Title page followed by eight leaves, all on thick card stock, with chromolithographic plate on verso, facing verse describing the animal or people and their typical sound. With nine ivory tassels or pulls with strings attached, which when pulled out from the foreedge or side of the box, produce various sounds: a cock crowling, birds chirping, a donkey bray, a bleat, a moo, a coo, etc. Described by Peter Haining as "The piece de resistance of any collection of movables, or toy-books for that matter". See Haining "Movable Books", New English Library, 1979, p. 136. Also Gumachian 3839, which suggest a possible earlier dating of "vers 1885". The book was produced in Nuremberg by an unknown firm, according to Haining, and as the title page discloses, translated versions were made available in Spanish, English, and as this copy, in French. The German version, though, was published by Theodore Brand Verlag, which issued at least nineteen editions between the 1880s and the 1930s. So while one can not say that the book is rare, to find it in complete working order can be fairly described as rare, or at least, unusual. The sharp chromolithography of the cover and eight other illustrations is all the obvious earmarks of German and specifically Bavarian printing. Gilt edges. Rubbing and wear to the cloth. The front cover is slightly bowed. The card leaves have a slight dip in the middle. Moderate soiling, with ink marks on the final text page. Foreedge with scattered rubbing, or gilt loss. 
Price: 1650.00 USD
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Poison Valentine With Movable Part Mocking a Vain Man
6 Poison Valentine With Movable Part Mocking a Vain Man
Very Good 
N.d., circa 1850. 23 by 19 cm. The centerpiece of the card is a flower, a peony or carnation, which you can pull back to reveal a beau brummel dandy in top hat and cravat. Underneath is an arch eight line poem mocking such a man, as the norm in vinegar valentines, this one being set apart by the movable piece. Framing the illustration and verse is lacey relief decoration. The Valentine has some spots of soiling and neat fold lines. 
Price: 250.00 USD
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Sleeping Beauty
7 Sleeping Beauty
Prague; London Artia; Bancroft & Co. Circa 1960 Near Fine Kubasta, V. 
8 pop-ups and movable piece on front cover and two others within. Oblong, 10 by 8 inches, 26 by 20 cm. One of Kubasta's loveliest and most inspired pop-ups. As always, he is faithful to the enchanted Medieval world while giving everything an up-to-date modern gloss. Some minor shelfwear, but tight, and everything still functions great! 
Price: 265.00 USD
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8 The Fisherman and the Demon
London Bancroft & Co., and printed by ARTIA of Prague, then Czechoslovakia First edition Hardcover. Cloth Spine. Paper pasted onto boards Very Good Plus 
Oblong, 21.5 by 29 cm. Two pop-ups and 12 pages. Bright, colorful illustrations, with two page color plate in center. Light wear and minor soiling. The pop-ups function perfectly. 
Price: 80.00 USD
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The Speaking Picture Book.   A Special Book with Picture, Rhyme and Sound for Little People.
9 The Speaking Picture Book. A Special Book with Picture, Rhyme and Sound for Little People.
Cloth Near Fine 
N.d., circa 1890s. Sixteenth Edition. With nine ivory tassels or pulls with strings attached, which when pulled out from the foreedge or side of the box, produce various sounds: a cock crowling, birds chirping, a donkey bray, a bleat, a moo, a coo, etc. Described by Peter Haining as "The piece de resistance of any collection of movables, or toy-books for that matter". See Haining "Movable Books", New English Library, 1979, p. 136. (Note Haining has in illustration a copy of 17th Edition and he dates the book circa 1893.) The book was produced in Nuremberg by an unknown firm, according to Haining, and as the title page discloses, translated versions were made available in French, Spanish, and as this copy, in English. The sharp chromolithography of the cover and eight other illustrations is inquestionably German and Bavarian. With 22 pp of text, including text on FEP (but not counting cover.) Measures 12.25 x 9.25 x 2.5 inches, or 32 x 24 x 6.5 cm. A minor closed tear along lower hinge of several leaves. Age toning to pages, with some light finger soiling in margins. Light wear of gilt on foreedges. Light rubbing along cloth of spine edge. Not all the sounds are so easily distinguishable, as was probably always the case, but they are all here. Seldom found in completely working order as is this example. 
Price: 2000.00 USD
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10 Kubasta, V. (illustrator) Hans en Grietje (Hansel and Gretel in Dutch)
Prague Artia 1969 Decorated cloth Very Good 
Pop-up book with eight pop-ups in all, plus a pull or movable tab on the front cover. Oblong, 10 by 8 inches, or 26 by 21 cm. Kubasta illustrated pop-ups capture the charm and spirit of the classic fairy tale. Kubasta also pulled off a stylish mid-twentieth century look, streamlined and all splashy colored, while honoring more traditional aspects of fairy tale renderings, a feat that many of his contemporaries failed to achieve. Thus this appealed to children, who are notoriously conservative in their literary and artistic tastes, as well as the grown children who presented the book to the former group. All the mechanics of this copy function smoothly, and there are no losses. The cloth backstrip has some soilage, and there is some edgewear and and minor crease on the front board. Overall, a VG copy. 
Price: 125.00 USD
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11 Kubasta, Vojtech Moko and Koko in the Jungle
London; printed in Czechoslovakia Bancroft & Co.; Artia 1961 First edition Card stock Very Good 
8 pp followed by depiction of 24 animals with leaf opening up to spectacular jungle scene, one of Kubasta's panoscopic wonders. The pop-up itself is in wonderful condition, with the dangling monkey and the separate piece of one of the boys present.. The book is 13 inches tall and the fold-out is almost 18 inches wide. 
Price: 225.00 USD
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12 Kubasta, Vojtech Ricky the Rabbit
London and Prague, respectively Bancroft & Co. Ltd., Artia 1961 First Edition Fine 
The fun pop-up is in perfect order, with no losses! The brash color and broad draftsmanship evokes the decoration of a tot's bedroom. Somehow this copy escaped the usual battering inflicted by the intended audience. Other than the most minor of wear to the text and cover, a fine copy. 
Price: 250.00 USD
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The Pop-Up Pinocchio being the Life and Adventures of a Wooden Puppet who finally became a real Boy, Lentz, Harold; [Collodi, Carlo]
13 Lentz, Harold; [Collodi, Carlo] The Pop-Up Pinocchio being the Life and Adventures of a Wooden Puppet who finally became a real Boy
New York Blue Ribbon Books 1932 First Edition Decorated Cloth Very Good Very Good Jacket Jacket 
96 pp, with 4 elaborate pop-ups. (Pages are 9 by 7 inches.) Bright color illustrated boards, well protected by the DJ, which is the same design. Bright color illustrated endpapers. Of particular novelty is the first pop-up which shows Pinocchio reading a book with pages that open. Some tiny spotted foxing on preliminaries and a few leaves elsewhere have these speck-sized spots but overall text and plates very clean. One pop-up has minor surface paper rawness in corner, not affecting pictorial. One pop-up had small tear now repaired. Evidence of clumsy repair to spine using glue in narrow brown stain on upper and lower foreedge by the spine. Book now tight and tightened. Tape was also used in this earlier repair by spine in a few pages; now only light inobtrusive evidence of such. Some tape in DJ edge. Still very rare for book to have surviving DJ! Overall, VG in all respects. 
Price: 895.00 USD
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14 Roland Pym, illustrator Cinderella. A Peepshow Book
Boston Houghton Mifflin Company. Brett Lithographing Co. Folding Books Ltd. 1950 
Charming, even magical, mid-century pop-up in the round, with six scenes captured in three dimensions behind the wings of a baroque-styled stage. Spine is cocked, and there is rubbing along joints. Some edgewear and light scuffing and wear to boards. Minor soiling as well to frames or wings of interior scenes. The six interior scenes are, though, in great shape overall. 
Price: 95.00 USD
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15 Wehr Animated! Mother Goose
New York Grosset & Dunlap, Inc. 1942 First Edition Decorated cloth, with spiral Near Fine 
18 pp., with nifty movable pieces with four pages featuring nifty movable tabs with several actions flowing from each shift of the tab. Generally clean and complete, with the single caveat that maiden in "Sing a Song of Sixpence" sequence does not move as presumably should and upper body is fixed to where body would have pivoted. Still three actions in this panel intact. The tabs have some wear but are all more than serviceable. 
Price: 145.00 USD
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