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Alphabet de ma Petite Fille.  Illustre de 6 Gravures en Chromo Bibliotheque des Bebes.  Album Indechirable sur Toile
1 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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2 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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Nieuw A.B.C. Boekje, voor leerzame kinderen. Met Plaatjes.
3 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
4 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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The Columbia A.B. ABS.  A Pictorial Primer Of Things Light Blue and White, Cane, Melville Henry.  Drawings by Will Hunt Schanck
5 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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6 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"
7 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..
8 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
9 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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10 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
11 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
12 Kipniss, Levin. Illustrated by Zeev Raban Alef-Bet
Berlin Verlag "Lasefer" S. D. Saltzmann. Printed by Richard Labisch & Co. 1923 First 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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A.B.C. for Soldiers on Leave, Lowland, Max (poet) and Jos Ruting (artist)
13 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
14 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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15 [Berryman, Clifford Kennedy] (C.K. Berryman) (1869-1949) [Presumed cartoonist, or primary cartoonist, although uncredited] Mother Goose in Gridiron Rhyme. December 1911 A Collection of Alphabets, Rhymes, Tales and Jingles With 80 Illustrations. December Dinner of the Gridiron Club
Washington DC The Gridiron Press December 9, 1911 First edition Wraps Very Good 
Inscribed by C.K. Berryman, the cartoonist, to H.W. Berryman. The inscription states, "This book is inscribed by the illustrator C.K. Berryman". 8vo. 20 by 16.5 cm. 74, [1] pp. Cartoons are of the political luminaries of the day, including many names still recognizable, such as Elihu Root, William Borah, Taft, TR, Robert LaFolette, , Gifford Pinchot, Henry Stimson, Woodrow Wilson, and on and on. Clever rhymes for the ABC and then clever variants of well-known nursery rhymes. The drawings capture the persons depicted with great fidelity yet impressive economy. Berryman began his career as an artist for the patent office before joining the staff of "The Washington Post" in 1891 as an understudy for its chief cartoonist, then becoming its official cartoonist in 1896. In 1907 he left the Post for "The Washington Star" where he drew cartoons until his death. He is probably best known for inspiring the Teddy Bear. The Gridiron Club was founded in 1885 and remains one of the most prestigious press clubs in the nation. The Gridiron Dinner is an annual rite in Washington, often attended by the sitting President. This book is uncommon in the original printing. 
Price: 500.00 USD
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