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Old Zip Coon, Ann Coffman
121 Ann Coffman Old Zip Coon
Very Good 
N.d., circa 1940s. A well-illustrated home-made book, seven pages long, about a man who drove his neighbors away by playing a single tune incessantly. Told in verse that is clever; the story itself is rather crude. Wear to front and back, with minor soiling. 
Price: 150.00 USD
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122 Ann Warren Stewart (?) [Original Book Illustrations] To My Valentine
NA Very Good 
Five panels for an unpublished children's story (as far as we know). We may not have all the pages that were created -- we have no way of knowing. Nonetheless, each of the pages is delightful on its own. The pages are 28.5 by 22.5 cm, and the meda are pen and ink and watercolors. Three punched holes for a spiral in left margin. Some soiling. 
Price: 150.00 USD
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"Sombrero", Anonymous
123 Anonymous "Sombrero"
Very Good 
N.d., circa 1940s. Five pages long, incomplete story, or simply dangling story, with no resolution. With charming color illustrations, naively executed, of gypsy dancer, Mexican village, etc. 
Price: 100.00 USD
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Tales of Pollux the Rabbit, Anonymous.  [H]
124 Anonymous. [H] Tales of Pollux the Rabbit
Cloth Very Good 
Imaginative, whimsical verse and illustrations of an upper crust rabbit, Pollux, and his frivolous cares and activities. N.d., early 20th century and World War One era. Oblong 4to, 24.5 by 30 cm. 21 pp. (and leaves) of original pen and ink and watercolored drawings. Each page has a mounted illustration, with inked verse next to it, poking fun at Pollux's dress, his vanity, his helplessness, his manners, etc. Other characters include Jenkins, card players, a pining woman, all of whom are rabbits. While we do not know the identity of the cartoonist, the level of work is plausibly professional, with details rendered meticulously. The various verses and illustrations are somewhat loosely linked -- there isn't so much a continuous narrative as much as an overarching archness. The artist and versifier is shooting arrows at the idle nobility. Also included are 10 additional cartoons on separate sheets, only one of which involves Pollux, and only two with colored watercolors. These additional cartoons, including the one with Pollux, relate to the First World War. From these and the album proper we can infer that the artist was of a more left leaning sensibility. 
Price: 1750.00 USD
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El Negrito Sambo.  Cuento Tropical, Anton, Prudencia, illustrator.  Based on the original by Helen Bannerman
125 Anton, Prudencia, illustrator. Based on the original by Helen Bannerman El Negrito Sambo. Cuento Tropical
Barcelona "Exclusivas Durve". Union Distribuidora de Ediciones. Wraps Near Fine 
Scarce, with no copies of this shape book version of "Sambo" located on OCLC FirstSearch. N.d., circa 1950. 26 by 16 cm, at tallest and widest. Unpaginated, 12 pp., plus wraps. Each page one half to two thirds filled with colorful illustrations that are quite distinct from the original better known illustrations, and in our view, are less caricature-ish, with Sambo also a somewhat more mature boy. Other than a tiny pinprick-sized, inconspicuous hole on center of front cover, pristine. 
Price: 475.00 USD
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In Teatro della Guerra.  Antico e Moderno.  Vol. unico Vol. XVI della Raccolta, Arnaud, Giuseppe (1808-1880)
126 Arnaud, Giuseppe (1808-1880) In Teatro della Guerra. Antico e Moderno. Vol. unico Vol. XVI della Raccolta
Milano Ditta Pietro e Giuseppe Vallardi 1863 Hardcover Very Good 
Scarce, with the only copy located at the Biblioteca Nazionale Braidense in Milan. (Note this copy does not show up on OCLC.) Oblong 8vo. 14.5 by 20 cm. 126, [1] pp. With twelve hand-colored plates. Condition: stains to the paper pastedown on the cover, with some shallow blistering of this paper as well. A few minor tears, repaired, of the paper along joint. Chip at spine base. Scattered foxing, with a few pages conspicuously darkened. Still in our judgment a very good copy. 
Price: 1750.00 USD
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127 Arnoux, Guy. Edité par Martine 12 Chansons. Tirees des Recueils Anciens par les soins d'un Amateur avec les principaux Couplets de l’époque et des Illustrations nouvelles de Mr. Guy Arnoux, Artiste à Paris
Paris Paul Dupont First Edition Hardcover. Paper pastedown. Very Good 
Richly colored pochoir plates, most with a military subject. (Also hunting, early 19th century fashion, the racetrack, Frère Jacque.) N.d., circa 1910s. Oblong, 25 by 33 cm. 26 pp. A dozen pochoir plates. (Table of contents, pochoir plate on left, song with musical notation on right, last page with publication info.) Arnoux's illustrations have a deliberately naive quality, with big splashes of bold color, and are invariably visually arresting. The leaves are doubled over or folded over Japanese style. Cover is soiled. Rebacked. Heavy wear to edges, with chipping of edge paper pastedown. Prelim blank is chipped and creased. Actual content well-preserved and clean, with pochoirs bright and lovely. 
Price: 245.00 USD
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Starting from Scratch:  An Album of Drawings, Bacon, Peggy
128 Bacon, Peggy Starting from Scratch: An Album of Drawings
New York Julian Messner, Inc. 1945 Hardcover Fine Very Good Jacket Bacon, Peggy 
Book. Charming collection of feline cartoons, bound in spiral binding. Pages toned. 
Price: 45.00 USD
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129 Bailey, Bill, illustrator Circus Panorama
New York J. L. Schilling Co. 1946 Leporello, heavy card, paper pastedown Very Good Plus 
4to. Closed, oblong, 22 by 25 cm, extending to over 300 cm, with five folds and cover, with bright imagery of circus procession on both sides of concertina. While the inner panels have swooped shaped topsides, if one looks at the sides of the panels, they have bands of color that line up artfully. The color used is sunny and bold, and it captures the spirit of the mid-20th century circus well, while also in keeping with the prevailing style of children's book illustration of the day. The panels are of a sturdy card, as is the cover. Minor chipping along the joints, and the lightest of soiling there. 
Price: 175.00 USD
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In and Out-Door Playgames, "Just Right Book", Bailey, Carolyn Sherwin
130 Bailey, Carolyn Sherwin In and Out-Door Playgames, "Just Right Book"
Chicago Albert Whitman Company 1923 First Edition Cloth Very Good Shinn, Cobb 
8vo - over 7¾. Book. 128 pp., with orange, black and white illustrations. Describes wholesome fun diversions for pre-teen children in the pre-television era. 
Price: 40.00 USD
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Regnbågs-Barnen, Baker, Josephine.  Jo Bouillon.  Illustrated by Piet Worm
131 Baker, Josephine. Jo Bouillon. Illustrated by Piet Worm Regnbågs-Barnen
Amsterdam Mulder & Zoon N.V. 1957 Fine Minus Very Good Jacket 
With Baker's inked signature. 4to. 29 by 22 cm. Unpaginated, 60 pages. Richly illustrated on every page by Worm. Children's story inspired by Baker's "rainbow" family. Condition: pages are age toned, but otherwise clean. The slighest of wear to the binding. DJ has a few minor closed tears, crinkles, etc. Now protected by mylar. 
Price: 200.00 USD
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Quality Street, Barrie, J. M.  Illustrations by Hugh Thomson
132 Barrie, J. M. Illustrations by Hugh Thomson Quality Street
London Hodder & Stoughton [1913] First Decorated Cloth Very Good 
4to. vii, [4], 3-198 pp. 22 mounted color plates by Thomson. Tiny abrasion or fraying of cloth on lower front edge. Moderate sunning of spine. Very light fox marks on prelim leaves. Inked prior owners' names (two) on half-title. Light wear generally. 
Price: 65.00 USD
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Peter Pan in Kensington Gardens, Barrie, J. M. Illustrated by Arthur Rackham
133 Barrie, J. M. Illustrated by Arthur Rackham Peter Pan in Kensington Gardens
New York Charles Scribner's Sons. The De Vinne Press 1908 Cloth Very Good Plus 
4to. 25 by 18.5 cm. x, [4], 126 pp. 50 mounted color plates. Lovely early copy, with a few small repaired tears on rear cover cloth, and light wear to the binding besides. 
Price: 500.00 USD
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Stories from The Pentamerone, Basile, Giambattista.  Illustrated by Warwick Goble. Stories selected and edited by E. F. Strange
134 Basile, Giambattista. Illustrated by Warwick Goble. Stories selected and edited by E. F. Strange Stories from The Pentamerone
London Macmillan and Co., Limited 1911 First Full Calf Very Good 
First trade edition of gift book splendidly illustrated by Goble, with full orange/red calf binding by Bayntun. The Pentamerone is the best known and most beloved work of the 17th century Neapolitan belletrist Giambattista Basile, who in collecting these fairy tales, many of which had been passed on in one form or another through the ages by oral tradition, anticipated the Grimm Brothers and other anthologists by two centuries. Small 4to, 24.5 by 18.5 cm. xii, 304 pp. With 32 color plates. Condition: slight rutting at joint ends, most conspicuous in upper front. Light edgewear to calf besides, and a few light abrasions on spine. 
Price: 175.00 USD
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135 Bassermann, Dieter; Hilde Wildmann, illustrator Pierrot Dandy und Der Mond. Ein Bilderbuch Mit Zeichnungen von Hilde Widmann
Berlin Axel Juncker Verlag 1918 First Edition Half Morocco over Marbled Board Very Good 
An Art Deco charmer! Limited edition, No. 186 of 300. Small 4to. 44 pp. With six hand-colored mounted plates. Verses in German accompany the charming illustrations of Pierrot. Half morocco over marbled boards. Leather rubbed, especially along spine. Tight and clean otherwise. 
Price: 195.00 USD
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136 Bastian, R. Wo Schwatze mia. Spruche aus meiner Lothringischen Heimat So schwatze mir dahemm
Merlenbach Lehrerbildungsanstalt Metz-Montenich 1943 Folio Folder Near Fine 
Dialect humor with colorful vignette illustrations from Nazi Era Germany. Sixteen loose leaves on card, with original drawings and humorous text, written in dialect and with German Fraktur Gothic type. The loose leaves, all of card, are housed in a modern green cloth folio folder with title, etc. imprinted on front in gilt. 
Price: 1200.00 USD
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The Songs of Father Goose for the Kindergarten, the Nursery and the Home, Baum, L. Frank, Music By Alberta N. Hall
137 Baum, L. Frank, Music By Alberta N. Hall The Songs of Father Goose for the Kindergarten, the Nursery and the Home
Chicago and New York The George M. Hill Company 1900 First Edition Decorated Cloth Very Good Denslow, William M. 
4to - over 9¾. Book. 84 pp., with Denslow's inimitable illustrations. Soilage to pictorial boars, and shelfwear along edges. Paper over board worn through in corner. Spine strip expertly replaced, and inner joint also expertly reinforced. Now tight. Bookplate on FEP. Pages toned, generally clean. Overall an attractive copy. 
Price: 275.00 USD
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Two Songs of Father Goose.  Christmas Music Supplement of the Examiner, Baum, L. Frank;  W. W. Denslow and A. N. Hill
138 Baum, L. Frank; W. W. Denslow and A. N. Hill Two Songs of Father Goose. Christmas Music Supplement of the Examiner
Chicago and New York The George M. Hill Company 1900 First NA Very Good 
Folio, 35.5 by 28 cm. 8 pp., including cover. Songs are "The Ostrich Dance" and "Baby Pulled the Pussy's Tail". Condition: small closed tear on front cover. Age toning throughout. 
Price: 200.00 USD
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Lustiges Bilder ABC, Baumgarten, Fritz
139 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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Nursery Rhymes, Bayfield, Gertrude
140 Bayfield, Gertrude Nursery Rhymes
Clamshell Box: Half Morocco, cloth boards. Near Fine 
With two manuscript albums of illustrated nursery rhymes, some of which we believe are completely original, while others were known ones at the time, all of which, though, are enriched with whimsical original illustrations rendered in pen and ink and watercolor. N.d., circa 1880 and 1910. The illustrations, generally one per page, owe a special debt to Kate Greenaway, whose style they often mimic. Here and there one can see the influence of other popular illustrators such as Edward Lear. Yet these similarities do not discredit the young amateur, as many professional illustrators were just as strongly influenced by the same precursors. The smaller of the two manuscripts is the earlier of the two. It is oblong, measuring 9 by 13 cm, and it is unpaginated, with about 75 pages. Original linen boards, with a title written with calligraphy on the cover. Within are sixty illustrations rendered in pen and ink and watercolors, each signed with the initials: G.L. We would consider approximately half of the nursery rhymes as either original or highly unusual or ones with which we were not acquainted. An example in this category would by "Little Tom Nody", which goes like this: "Little Tom Nody, he had no body,/ An odd looking fellow was he/ His legs grew out from under his chin/ A comical sight to see./ He grew thinner and thinner, / Could eat no dinner,/ Till out of his eyes ran tears,/ And now he jumps without any stumps,/ And has to walk on his ears." Or a second example: "A birdie say on a chimney pot/ And listened as if he could hear and know/ What was going on in the house below./ Perhaps he could, but he would not say,/ For when I asked him he flew away Verse rendered in a neat hand throughout. "Dedicated to my two Little Sisters Bella & Kellie". Front gutter margin professionally repaired. New rear endpapers. The second, later manuscript is also oblong, 11.5 by 8 cm, and about 50 pages. Original linen boards, with calligraphic title on front cover again. Illustrated with 68 pen and ink and watercolor vignettes, the first two initialled "K.S.", and recto of first leaf with pencilled ownership name "Gertrude Bayfield". Front endpapers renewed. Again, verse neatly written. This second manuscript emulates in many respects the first one, with a good amount of the content of the first reproduced in the second. The custom box makes for a very handsome presentation. It is of a half navy blue leather, bordered with a gilt rinceaux. The boards are of blue cloth. Each of the manuscript albums is housed within the box in a well fitting them exactly. 
Price: 3750.00 USD
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