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The Tit-Bit
1 The Tit-Bit
Philadelphia American S. S. Union 1846 First Edition Wraps Very Good 
64mo. 6.5 by 5 cm. 64 pp. An vignette illustration on each page, accompanied by a small caption, defining, directly or indirectly, the object, or an aphorism or observation relating to the object. The objects include a shoe, a muff, a spider web, a bird's nest, an old man, a cock, a good child, a fist, an inn, etc. Loosely didactic, yet disarmingly sweet. Relatively scarce, with only five institutional holdings located on OCLC FirstServe. Not in Welsh. See Bradbury, p. 90, #36. Lacks small corner of rear wrap and a corner of front wrap is creased and tender. Blue wraps with evidences of faded title on front cover. The binding is otherwise tight and the pages are clean and fresh. 
Price: 225.00 USD
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Zoo Nonsense Verses, Illustrated by Violet Blue Zebra
2 Illustrated by Violet Blue Zebra Zoo Nonsense Verses
England Hardcover. Homemade outer folder. Very Good 
N.d., circa 1910. 4to. 26 by 21.5 cm. 54 loose handwritten pages with 25 original half page pen-and-ink drawings of animals, sometimes anthropomorphosed, sometimes doing kooky things, occasionally with humans as well, and always illustrative of the jolly doggerel verses. The lilting nonsense of the poems co-exists with the vaguely pedagogic thrust of them. As an example there is the following: "See! up and down and round about its cage the Leopard trots,/ As Deer in winter shed their horns, so Leopards shed their spots." The illustrations are charmingly naive -- the naivete is part of their charm -- while the verses are unstintingly clever and amusing. We haven't a clue who the actual author was. The front cover shows a zebra painted in blue and black -- or is it violet, to correspond with the pseudonym? An outer folder, also homemade, encases the book. 
Price: 750.00 USD
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